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“Would the real Will Shakespeare please stand up?”Here are 10 historical figures with a genuine claim to be History’s greatest writer.

We all know that Shakespeare was a glove maker’s son from Stratford Upon Avon. But was he really? Here are 10 other people with legitimate claims to be the Bard.

Edward De Vere — The Favourite

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Edward De Vere

Emilia Bassano Lanier — The Dark Lady

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‘The Dark Lady’

George Peele — His writing buddy

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George Peele

Christopher Marlowe — The ghost from beyond the grave

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Christopher Marlowe

William Stanley — The initials match!

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William Stanley

Sir Francis Bacon — The busiest man in the universe.

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Francis Bacon

Henry Neville — A life less ordinary

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Henry Neville

Mary Sidney — The most well connected woman in writing history

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Mary Sidney

Walter Raleigh — He did pretty much everything else, so why not?

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Walter Raleigh

Sir Fulke Greville — Weirdest name, newest candidate.

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Fulke Greville

The debates will continue to rage for some time about the real identity of William Shakespeare. This is a debate that has been raging for 200 years and is giving no indication it will slow down any time soon.

What do you think? Do you think he was a simple glove maker’s son from Stratford? Or have any of the other contenders grabbed your attention?

About me

I am a playwright and screenwriter based in London. I generally write about writing but have occasional forays into politics, humour and history. I hope you’ve enjoyed this informal historical overveiw.

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