Contents of Warwickshire tomb could solve Shakespeare debate

I’m now spending most of my time in the Warwickshire area instead of West London, so I’m going to try to utilise my position to look into the local history of this area. For this reason, I’m going to start filing posts concerning Warwickshire as local as well as the London centric ones. So here’s a bit of history news from just around the corner.

Dramatist and poet, Fulke Greville (1554-1628) is buried in a tomb beneath a monument in St Mary’s Church in Warwick and historians have been given permission to insert an endoscope into the monument in the hope of discovering never before seen documents. Historian Alan Saunders, who wrote The Master of Shakespeare, believes that Fulke may have written Anthony And Cleopatra and left some kind of proof inside this monument. A radar scan has already confirmed that ‘three boxlike shapes’ exist inside. Alan Saunders in the Coventry Telegraph:

What exactly is in there I don’t know but my hope is that it contains documents that prove our theories and a copy of Antony and Cleopatra

There is also a possibility it could just contain dust.

Even at 63 years old I am quite excited about this, but it is like most things when you have to wait so long for it. Depending on what we find, this will re-write history. Greville was so deep in politics of the time that he was in a position to know things that were never written in any history book.

These kind of investigations always seem a bit of a long shot and its questionable how far a discovery would really ‘re-write history’, however, considering they’ve already discovered that boxes within the monument do exist, it would clearly be fascinating to see their contents, regardless of whether they are relevant to the long lasting debate over who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays. We should seize the archaeological opportunity without such high expectations.

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