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To be or not to be Did Shakespeare really write these words One would think so but did he Studies within the past one hundred and twenty years have suggested otherwise Is it possible that some of Shakespeares greatest works were not actually Shakespearian but written by Christopher Marlowe Not only is it plausible it is factual Marlowe Born in 1564 was born in the cathedral town of Canterburry He was educated at Cambridge on a scholarship given to people preparing for the ministry Marlowes life was surrounded in mystery it is possible he was not only an author but a spy The issue that is most surrounded in mystery is what did he write and what did Shakespeare write Marlowe has been a strong contender for the authorship some of Shakespeares works The notion was first suggested Queen Elizabeth during the wake of the Essex Rebellion when she singled him out as the author of Richard II Two centuries later scholars began to suspect something was peculiar when they noticed that Marlowes works supply the early works of Shakespeare so it was suggested anonymously that Marlowe might have been Williams nom de plume pen name This was eventually cleared up though Not only was it cleared up but it was reversed This theory was thought up by an American literary detective Wilbur Gleason Zeigler He first suggested that Marlowe created the name William Shakespeare as his own pen name or nom de plume and faked his death to avoid facing pending capital charges Marlovians suggest that if the actor had been suspected as Author of these works hed have paid for it with his life given the horribly suppressive conditions of the time which arrested tortured maimed and murdered writers while banning and burning their works Zeigler suggests Marlowe switched identities with the man scholars believe killed Marlowe Ingram Frizer a serving man of Marlowes patron Sir Thomas Walshingham On a more
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