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It's an image that has been used to mark the anniversary of the death of perhaps the world's greatest ever author - but there's just one problem, according to Brunel's Professor William Leahy...

Here, as we celebrate 400 years since William Shakespeare's passing, he explains how the truth has been lost to the myth:

“Just in case we were in danger of forgetting, the latest edition of the BBC History magazine kindly reminds us that this month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps the world’s greatest ever author, William Shakespeare. The magazine commemorates this festive occasion by claiming to reveal “The great mysteries of the playwright’s life”. This indeed promises a lot, but one wonders whether they will confront a true mystery of their own making – why have they used a picture of someone who is not Shakespeare on the cover?