A latest book has argued that William Shakespeare is actually a woman and not a man. This is not a new argument as such. It has been going on for over a decade. John Hudson’s book, entitled Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, took the issue further. The book explores the theory that Shakespeare’s true identity is that of a woman named Amelia Bassano. Hudson is an expert on Shakespearean works.
The legendary English playwright was actually a dark-haired Jewish woman, who lived in London, the book said.
According to Mr Hudson, Amelia was born in 1569 to a family of Venetian Jews who were court musicians to Queen Elizabeth I. As a teen she became mistress to the Lord Chamberlain, Henry Carey, First Baron Hunsdon, who was in charge of the English theatre and patron of the company that staged Shakespeare’s play
Mr Hudson also believes that Amelia had an affair with the playwright Christopher Marlowe, writer of Doctor Faustus, and became pregnant before dying in poverty in 1645.
One of the main reasons why he suspects Amelia wrote the plays is that many are based abroad – whereas Shakespeare was believed to have stayed in England for his entire life.