Talk:Shakespeare's handwriting

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Signature in Florio[edit]

What grounds are given for the Shakespeare signature in Florio's Montaigne being a forgery? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:39, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Mainly the fact that the handwriting is completely different from other known signatures. Paul B (talk) 16:52, 13 January 2013 (UTC)


This entire article is basically nonsense. The supposed "signatures" on the mortgage deed are merely the result of the legal clerks writing Shakespeare's name on the tabs of the document to identify his seal; look at the two "signatures." They are not remotely similar, although they were supposed to have been made at the same time. They were obviously written by two different people: the law clerk for the buyer and the clerk for the seller. The so-called signature on the deposition in the Mountjoy case isn't a signature, either. Witnesses did not sign their depositions in Elizabethan times; the person who took down Shakespeare's testimony wrote his name at the bottom of the page to identify who gave the testimony. Shakespeare did not sign the document! Of the three alleged signatures on the will, only the one on the last page is a real signature, and that is a partial one. It does not take a handwriting expert to see that the words "By me, William" are written in a competely different hand than "Shakespeare." There are not six surviving signatures of Shakespeare; there's half a signature. (talk) 14:56, 24 July 2013 (UTC)daver852

Utter rubbish. Read some books. And read WP:RS too. Paul B (talk) 17:00, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

I would suggest that you do the same. And buy some glasses - if you think these "signatures" were written by the same hand, you must be blind. 11:07, 10 March 2014 (UTC)daver852

Then the experts are blind too. The kind of vacuous arrogance you display is typical of ignorance. Paul B (talk) 11:26, 10 March 2014 (UTC)