In determining who made up the raft of writers using the sobriquet “Shakespeare” we only have to find the following:
What contemporary/writer/colleague of William Shakespeare (who formed the Shakespeare consortium) was a devout Roman Catholic?
What writer was an insider to the Court of Elizabeth the Queen?
What writer was enamored of phantasmagoria?
Who was a master of the language?
What writer was primarily a poet?
What writer preferred Histories of his time?
What writer looked to ancient histories for his muse?
What writer was homosexual? (It wasn’t Will Shakespeare himself.)
What writer preferred male/female complications?
What writer looked to political machinations for his inspiration?
And what writer had a tendency to science, magic, or alchemy?
(The task at hand isn’t as difficult as it seems.)