In Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004), Stephen

Greenblatt joins the speculation on Shakespeare’s first acting company. He asserts

that “The most intriguing possibility that scholars have explored in recent years

concerns the Queen’s Men” (162). Greenblatt is partially correct in this statement.

There have indeed been a number of recent attempts to demonstrate the likelihood,

or at least possibility, that Shakespeare was once a Queen’s man: Eric Sams’s The