William Shakespeare

What do we really know about William Shakespeare? Where did he become fluent in French, Italian, Latin, and Greek, the languages that provide the untranslated source material for the plays? At the Stratford-upon-Avon village school — assuming he attended — he would have learned only “small Latin and less Greek.”

The most bizarre factor is that there is no documented evidence that Shakespeare was a writer. We know he was an actor...

The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable is a global forum for the study of the Shakespeare canon, the Elizabethan theatre, and the social and political life of the Elizabethan period, with emphasis on an open-minded exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate. With open minds and good humor, we’ve been searching for answers for over 25 years. We are curious about them all, but the Roundtable does not subscribe to a particular theory of authorship.