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The Shakespearean Conspiracy: Did William Shakespeare Really Exist and Write All His Literary Masterpieces?

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Rhylee Suyom has hopped in three different worlds: the academe, the corporate, and the media. He enjoys being with nature and his family.

Did William Shakespeare really exist and write all that he had given to the world?


Plagiarism is considered to be the greatest crime in the world of professional writing considering that great writers must make sure that whatever they write must always be originally thought of, created, and presented. The idea that someone’s work is used or published without consent from the original author is something that most try to avoid or intentionally go to great lengths just to guarantee that everything borrowed from someone else is properly quoted, cited, and attributed.


William Shakespeare is revered as the greatest playwright of all time and perhaps even the best sonnet writer till this day. There was little information about him that literary sleuths have found it difficult to agree with what the consensus have to say about him holding the titles attached to his name. The reason behind it is simple: there are just too many loose ends and the pieces of his life do not seem to paint a singular picture of his greatest. I mean, if someone is said to be the greatest writer of all time, there will be sure evidences or proofs that he is such as his drafts, exhibits, communications proving who he was and how great his works have been, testimonies of other people when he was still alive, and aside from the legal tangible proofs that he really lived, studied, married, and died. All these may be used to validate claims that a person really did live and performed the extraordinary feat(s) he has been known for. However, if these are missing, can you still believe the claims then?

Who is William Shakespeare?

Here is what we can easily find about him in encyclopedias and over the Internet:

  • He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564.
  • He wrote 154 sonnets, 38 plays, and 5 poems.
  • He was believed to have attended the Stratford Grammar School in 1571 but had to leave when his father’s fortune declined.
  • At the age of 18, he was believed to married one Anne Hathaway who was eight years his senior.
  • William and Anne had a daughter named Susana who was baptized on May 26, 1583.
  • There was no clear information about what his occupation was especially due to the lost years from 1584 to 1592.
  • He died in Stratford and was buried at the Holy Trinity Church in 1616.

All seem to be in their proper order, except that there should have been much more evidences and existing proofs which have been preserved to this very day especially considering the depth and extent of claim afforded by his name. So, without further ado, better get your magnifying glasses as we embark on an investigative journey into the conspiracy theories behind Shakespeare.

Questions and Answers about Shakespeare

The following questions are meant to illicit the best possible answer(s) which will satisfy our investigation. I really hope that you will try to think of other possible questions too as we go along and have them written in the comments section. Here we go!

  1. Where are his enrollment, class record, teachers’ record, and graduation record from Stratford Grammar School or any other school?
  2. Where are the drafts he had used when he was writing his 154 sonnets, 38 plays, and 5 poems?
  3. Where is his personal library and collection of letters, correspondences, and other written documents proving that he was indeed a well-traveled man and that magistrates, kings, and notable men and women have exchanged correspondences with him?
  4. Why was his name “William Shakespeare” not present in the list of names in his birth and death places?
  5. Why were there different and crudely written signatures of Shakespeare?
  6. Why are some lines in Shakespeare’s work copied from earlier pieces of other writers?

Sadly, most of the answers to these questions are, until now, vague or misleading to the point that you will probably just let it all go. However, for the interest of anyone who wants to know, and I also hope you will find time to find the answers yourself, let us then dive in and see what the Internet has to say.

For Question # 1: Yes, there are neither clear information about his enrollment, class records, graduation record, teachers’ record or testimony about him being a student nor his brilliance in class.

For Question # 2: The Shakespeare(?) residence in Stratford-upon-Avon was a grain merchant and even the status shows that the male figure was holding on a sack of grains. The other relevant designs of the statue were a shovel and a sort of measuring cup both signifying that the owner of the residence was a grain trader, and not a writer. The house has its first floor dedicated for storing grains as it was bare and there was no library or large area for someone to write on. These evidences clearly show that the residence claimed to be William Shakespeare’s home was a grain trader’s house, not a writer’s.

For Question # 3: If the residence described in # 2 clearly has no roomful of books and correspondence, then these letters and drafts are, of course, no where as well to be found. There are no surviving drafts supporting the existence of any writer from the said residence let alone an entire library in the house.

For Questions 4 & 5: I am totally stoked knowing that the greatest writer of all time has only six (6), yes only six, surviving signatures…and they are all different…and mostly crudely done. I mean, if you are really a writer especially during those times, your penmanship will be highly remarkable and truly distinct but singular. Shakespeare has 6 DIFFERENT CRUDE signatures.

For Question # 6: I would like to present some evidences showing Shakespeare’s work and someone else. I know you know that plagiarism is a bad thing to do but I just want you to pay close attention to the lines I will be presenting below

Sir Francis Bacon' PROMUS and William Shakespeare's Works

  • PROMUS: “To drive out a nail with a nail.”
  • PROMUS: “A Fool’s bolt is soon shot.”
  • PROMUS: “Good wine need no bush.”
  • CORIOLANUS Act 4, Sc. 7 (1623): “One fire drives out one fire; one nail, one nail.
  • HENRY V Act 3, Sc.7 (1623): “A Fool’s bolt is soon shot.”
  • AS YOU LIKE IT (1623), Epilogue: “Good wine needs no bush.”

There are more of these but many refuse to see or intentionally brush them aside using other means to prove that he is really who he really is. The movie Anonymous is one great example of one way of seeing William Shakespeare. There are also numerous videos in YouTube which support what we are trying to show in this blog. However, just as there are no sure proofs about the answers to our questions, we will leave them as they are and hope you will weigh your own evidences and consider.

In case you want to watch some videos supporting and disproving the things written here, try visiting these links:

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Who is the real William Shakespeare?
Who is the real William Shakespeare?

The Grain Trader's House

Six Different Signatures

How could a writer have 6 different signatures?
How could a writer have 6 different signatures?

Changing the Statues

From a sack of grains to a quill and a book.
From a sack of grains to a quill and a book.

Sir Francis Bacon and William Shakespeare

Who copied whose?
Who copied whose?


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