Monday, February 15, 2010
A Mystery Fit for Shakespeare
The Empty sarcophagus of Fulke Greville in the collegiate church of St. Mary's in Warwick has been found not to be so empty. In recent scanning of the monument there has been found three anomalies inside that look like boxes.
The Elizabethan gentleman is believed by many to be the author of at least some of the works attributed to William Shakespeare including Antony and Cleopatra. There is also some belief that there may be an unofficial biography of James I who was disliked by Greville inside the monument.
No known original Shakespeare manuscript is known to exist and many are hoping to find the original manuscript for Antony and Cleopatra. There are also distinctions to the Rosicrucian order hinting that Greville may be the author of the Tempest as well.
Researchers are hoping in the next six weeks to use an endoscope to look inside the sarcophagus. Fulke Greville was murdered in 1628 by a servant who believed that Greville had cheated him.
Fulke Greville is buried in the crypt below the church of St. Mary's, Warwick.