Did Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare's Plays?

Yes-But. Particularly since the mid 19th century we find a whole set of scholars, who deny the authorship of William Shakespeare, who, as Ben Jonson said, knew “small Latin, and less Greek”. Instead they assume a more intellectual author with an aristocratic background. Especially those favouring the authorship of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) keep looking for hidden evidence in the texts. In 1910 Edwin Durning-Lawrence argued in his work Shakespeare is Bacon that the incredibly long latin word "honorificabilitudinitatibus" in Love's Labour's Lost is in fact an anagram and can be dissolved as the following:
"hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi" meaning "these plays, F. Bacon's offspring, are preserved for the world".Other possible authors that come into play are, among others, Edward de Vere,  17th Earl of Oxford, Christopher Marlowe (adherent's of this theory believe that his early death was only a feint) and even Queen Elizabeth I.. Even if all of these theories lack proof considering today's standard of knowledge, they nevertheless are highly fascinating. On the one hand we encounter the romantic idea whose devotees believe in one poetic genius and actually just replace Shakespeare's name by another one. On the other hand we deal with conspiracy theories, circulating especially in the internet. Both allow us to draw conclusions on the respective time and the cultural reception of Shakespeare. TO BE CONTINUED........