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To: nickcarraway; spetznaz; Borges
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Cancer theory on bard's death 'nonsense'

CLAIMS that William Shakespeare may have died from cancer have been rubbished by the chairman of Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust.

A German literary expert has argued the Bard suffered from a tumour over his left eye in the years leading to his death in April 1616.

Professor Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, from the University of Mainz, made the claim in a book after noticing four images of the Stratford-born writer showing a growth which increases in size in later pictures.

She asked forensic scientists from Germany's Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look at works of art depicting Shakespeare.

But Stanley Wells, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford, hit out at the scientist's claims. He said: "I think it is all a lot of nonsense. This woman has been seeking publicity for some time.

"The idea that you can diagnose somebody's mortal illness on what could be a speck of paint is ridiculous."

He added that two of the pieces of art from which the professor made her claim were produced hundreds of years after Shakespeare died.

No cause of the Bard's death has been recorded. Theories include typhoid, syphilis, a heavy drinking session - or even that he may have been murdered by his son-inlaw, John Hall.

13 posted on 03/01/2006 1:47:34 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: nickcarraway
She asked forensic scientists from Germany's Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look at works of art depicting Shakespeare.

Well, did they?

24 posted on 03/01/2006 2:40:51 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: nickcarraway
He said: "I think it is all a lot of nonsense. This woman has been seeking publicity for some time.

He's been taking cues from Bubba.

25 posted on 03/01/2006 3:04:24 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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Note the apparent bump on the left eyelid:
The Soest Portrait (7 posted on 10/30/2007 2:11:06 PM PDT by blam)

The Soest Portrait (7 posted on 10/30/2007 2:11:06 PM PDT by blam)

36 posted on 04/23/2016 4:58:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: nickcarraway

In 1616, Shakespeare actually died peacefully in his sleep, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. :)


50 posted on 04/23/2016 7:20:14 PM PDT by Redcitizen
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