Another "expert" claims his great great great grandad was really the author. Fulke Greville the real William Shakespeare?

Does a tomb in St Mary's church in Warwick hold secrets of the works of William Shakepeare?

Parishioners at St Mary's church in Warwick have sought permission to examine the contents of the 17th monument built by Fulke Greville, a writer and contemporary of Shakespeare who some believe is the true author of several of the Bard's works.

The search has been prompted by the discovery by an historian of clues in Greville's writings which suggest he had several manuscripts buried there, including a copy of Antony and Cleopatra.

A radar scan of the sarcophagus has already indicated the presence inside of three "box like" shapes. The searchers believe these could contain documents and a further examination is now being proposed which they hope will finally prove the link between Greville and Shakespeare.

The initial search, using ground penetrating radar, was approved by the parochial church council and the diocesan council. The team now wants to use an endoscope – a tiny video camera on a long thin tube – to be inserted into the monument to test his claims.

The work would be supervised by Professor Warwick Rodwell, consultant archaeologist to Westminster Abbey, who is keen for the project to go ahead.

Experts said that any manuscripts inside might have disintegrated over the years but could have survived if they are, for example, in "lead-lined boxes", which were common at the time.

The search has been prompted by the work of the historian AWL Saunders. He believes there are several clues suggesting Greville, who is a distant ancestor, is responsible for writing a number of Shakespeare's works.
Greville was an eminent dramatist and poet himself, as well as a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and Chancellor of the Exchequer under James I.

Analysis of the biographical details of his life and the style of his known writings show a very close match to those of Shakespeare, suggesting they could be the same person.

They lived in the same street, had the same friends – including Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon – and enemies and were member of the same literary circles. Greville also said in his writing that he was "the Master of Shakespeare".

In another intriguing link, Mr Saunders said that Greville was involved with the Rosicrucian (Rose Cross) Order, a secret society of mystics which existed in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.

One of three swords originally on the tomb in St Mary's church and now in Warwick castle appears to have the Rosicrucian symbol.

Many eminent Shakespearean scholars agree that the author of The Tempest has a deep knowledge of Rosicrucian philosophy.

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Again, as with the United States' Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, it all boils down to the "deniers" believing that only a person as posh as themselves could possibly have been as clever as themselves.

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