Poet’s Tomb May Unlock The Mysteries Of Shakespeare

August 9, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A tomb belonging to Fulke Greville may give us some insight in who Shakespeare really was, and who it was that wrote his legendary plays.

Researchers have long believed that William Shakespeare was an alias, and speculation over who the poet and playwright really was has been intense. Among some of those believed are close friends Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon, as well as several others.

But one researcher is now claiming that clues written within the works of Fulke Greville, another well know writer, may indicate that he was the one to create Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

Already, certain facts seem to be adding up. For example, both men are thought to have lived on the same street, had the same friends, hated the same people, and traveled in the same professional and social circles throughout their lives.

Professor Warwick Rodwell of Westminster Abbey will be supervising an excavation of Greville’s tomb, which they believe may hold manuscripts of former plays.

The tomb, which cost the author the equivalent of almost half a million dollars today, is extravagant, and an initial search using imaging technology has shown three small boxes buried above Greville’s body.

Researchers hope that the higher authorities within the church will allow for a full dig to get to the boxes, and that they contain manuscripts.

The main worry is that the papers would have disintegrated over their centuries-long burial. But if they had been placed in boxes that had been lines with lead, as was common at the time, the works may be intact.

Rodwell and his team are awaiting final permission to begin their more invasive search, which would be done using a small scope; a camera that hooks onto the end of a long tube, which can be fed through a small hole in the surface of the tomb.

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