In 1911, Orville Ward Owen uncovered a shocking secret. William Shakespeare was a fraud. When Owen was reading “Arcadia” by Philip Sidneys he noticed a complex hidden code within the text. One the text was decoded, the message lead to a shocking discovery. The text has carried a message claiming that Sir Francis Bacon was the real author behind all of Shakespeare’s work. Owen build a cipher wheel using 10,000 feet of cloth. The contraption revealed that where was box laying at the bottom of the Wye River, that held proof that Bacon was the real author and genius behind all of Shakespeare’s works. This story was featured in the New York Times, but not for making history. Unfortunately for Owen when he got to the river he found nothing. This is just one of the many stories that have emerged since Shapers death in 1616, which lead to people questioning the authorship of his work. We know a man named William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and worked as an actor in London, this is all we can be sure of. Academic research on the authorship of works on Shakespeare is being undergone by OJ Todd, and William Rubinstein. Todd and Rubinstein claim that the 37 play, 154 sonnets and 5 poems he was credited with were actually someone else. Shakespeare’s plays show great knowledge of the Royal Court, foreign nobility, exotic cultures, as well as aristocratic sports. This knowledge is what makes his authorship questionable, because these are things only the wealthy would have knowledge about and Shakespeare was not born into a family with such wealth. Estimates put Shakespeare’s vocabulary up to 29,000 words, this is considered a huge amount even in this day and age. Shaker has no university education and no there is no known record of his school attendance, how it is possible he revolutionized the English language? What is even more perplexing is that his works display technical knowledge not know at the time, for example the tragedy Coriolanus references as the human circulatory system; this is was a breakthoguth only the most elite groups would have know about. The man who discovered the human circulatory system was a man named William Harvey, he was Bacon’s best friend. Not to mention that play was first released after Shakespear has died. Tobie Matthew one of Bacon’s closest aids, once wrote that he was known to the world as another name. Contemporary theory records can account for Shakespeare being an actor, never a play writer. Even this death records describe him as a “gent” rather than a play writer. Could critic Delia Bacon have been onto something when she stated that Shakespeare was nothing more than a “stupid, illiterate, third-rate play actor.”? With only 6 surviving signatures on Shakespeare that are barely legible are we even sure Shakespeare has the ability to write one play, let alone 37? It is very likely that Shakespeare attended the local King Edward Grammar School because his father held an official magistrate position. The school gave an unusually theory education which included subjects such as Latin, classical texts, and astronomy. Given this information his amount of knowledge is not that surprising.
Shakespeare owned his own theatre, as well as a cast that would perform pays for people.