Bard was Jew... and female

By Simon Round, June 6, 2008

Is it just possible that William Shakespeare was a nice Jewish girl?

Many have questioned whether Shakespeare’s plays were actually written by the Bard himself, but Shakespeare-ologist John Hudson is among the first to suggest he might have been a female — and a Jewish one at that.

Hudson is claiming that the true author of the works could have been Amelia Bassano Lanier, who lived in England as a Marrano and is thought to be the first woman to publish a book of poetry.

Hudson is convinced of Bassano’s authorship because the circumstances of her life match Shakespeare’s work much more accurately than did Shakespeare’s. There are even Jewish allegories, he claims.

Come to think of it, that goatee always looked a little fake.

Last updated: 11:48am, June 5 2008