Some Facts on William Shakespeare
- The actual birthday of Shakespeare is unknown.
- Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and three months pregnant when they got married.
- William and Anne Shakespeare had three children. Susanna was christened in May 1583, and the twins Judith and Hamnet in February 1585.
- Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, died in 1596. His daughter Susanna died in 1649. His younger daughter Judith had three children, but all died before their mother and without children. His granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Susanna, died childless in 1670, ending the William Shakespeare line.
- Many Shakespeare life facts are unknown. There is no evidence for what Shakespeare did between 1585 and 1592. This was the period when he moved to London and began his writing career. Thus, there is no record of how his career began or how quickly he rose to fame – these are referred to as the Lost Years.
- Fact on William Shakespeare#6: Shakespeare’s Father, John was a money lender. He was accused in the Exchequer Court of Usury for lending money at the inflated rate of 20% and 25% Interest.
- William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden. He was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed.
- Shakespeare and his company built TWO Globe Theatres.
- The Globe burned to the ground on June 29, 1613. It was set on fire by a cannon shot during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
- Sonnets are typically loved poems, but Shakespeare’s are often self-loathing, bitter, and even homoerotic.
- Based on textual evidence in the sonnets and some plays, some believe that Shakespeare was bisexual.
- Shakespeare never published any of his plays and they only came to light after his death on 23rd April 1616.
- Shakespeare and the Globe Actors were implicated in the Essex Rebellion of 1601.
- Many eminent Authors and Politicians do not believe that Shakespeare wrote his plays. Even now there are many people around the world who do not believe that William Shakespeare wrote his own plays.
- One reason why it is thought that Shakespeare did not write his own plays is that all of his family were illiterate.
- Countless excellent phrases, now commonly used, occur first in Shakespeare. Including one fell swoop, vanish into thin air, play fast and loose, be in a pickle, foul play, tower of strength, flesh and blood, be cruel to be kind, and with bated breath.
- Shakespeare invented the word “assassination”.
- According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Shakespeare wrote about one-tenth of the most quotable quotations ever written or spoken in English.
- No portrait of Shakespeare was every painted while he was alive. Even though there are literally thousands of pictures of William Shakespeare in the world today, nobody really knows what he looked like as his portrait was never painted when he was alive.
- Shakespeare is buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, England.
How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?
Shakespeare published 154 sonnets, including sonnets within his plays. For example, the Prologue in “Romeo and Juliet” is a sonnet.
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