by Diane Cole

Was Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Actually Jewish? Was She Actually Shakespeare?

Would the words of William Shakespeare sound different if authored by a playwright with another name? Specifically, what if a dark-complexioned woman of Italian-Moroccan Jewish heritage composed his plays? What if such familiar works as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It were in fact dreamed up by Amelia Bassano Lanye—a little known Elizabethan poet born into a Marrano family of court musicians with strong connections to the same theatrical community to which the Bard of Avon belonged?

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