101 Amazing Facts about William Shakespeare by Jack GoldsteinDid you know Shakespeare introduced thousands of words into the English language, amongst them alligator, eyeball and swagger? Do you know what unusual item he left to his wife in his will? Have you heard of the conspiracy theory that suggests Shakespeare didnt write the plays we attribute to him today? This fascinating book contains over one hundred facts about William Shakespeare, organised into categories for easy reading. Whether you are studying the bard for a project or you are interested in finding out more about the English speaking worlds greatest ever author, this is the book for you.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare lived through one of the most turbulent yet thrilling eras of English history — a period of plague, riots and political and religious tensions — and went on to become one of history's most famous playwrights. It was a man named Donald L Holmes who first discovered the anagram, possibly while musing about the frivolity of early modern orthography the art of writing words with the proper letters. Indeed, he could not even decide how to spell his own name. Consider the following variants on his signature when he was finalising legal documents such as the mortgage deeds on property in Blackfriars, and his will: Shaksper, Shakespe, Shakespere, and Shakspeare. Two households, both alike in dignitie, In faire Verona where we lay our Scene , From auncient grudge, break to new mutinie, Where civill bloud makes civill hands uncleane. Read more:. Nobody really knows how young Shakespeare made his way from his childhood home of Stratford-upon-Avon to the bustle of Elizabethan London and playhouse glory.
2. Shakespeare married an older woman who was three months pregnant at the time.
Please take your seats, the show is about to commence! All settled? Also known as: The Bard of Avon.
The son of a tenant farmer , John Shakespeare was nothing if not upwardly mobile. He arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon in and began dabbling in various trades, selling leather goods, wool, malt and corn. John later became a moneylender and held a series of municipal positions, serving for some time as the mayor of Stratford. In the s he fell into debt and ran into legal problems for reasons that remain unclear. Six months after the wedding, the Shakespeares welcomed a daughter, Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith followed in February His wife and their two children who lived to adulthood, Susanna and Judith, are thought to have been illiterate, though Susanna could scrawl her signature. Historians have speculated that he worked as a schoolteacher, studied law, traveled across continental Europe or joined an acting troupe that was passing through Stratford.
There is documentary proof that Shakespeare was baptised on 26th April , and scholars believe that, in keeping with the traditions of the time, he would have been baptised when he was three days old, meaning Shakespeare was probably born on April 23rd. John came to Stratford from Snitterfield before as an apprentice glover and tanner of leathers. He prospered and began to deal in farm products and wool before being elected to a multitude of civic positions. Shakespeare had seven siblings: Joan b , only lived 2 months ; Margaret b ; Gilbert b ; another Joan b ; Anne b ; Richard b and Edmund b Shakespeare married his wife Anne Hathaway when he was Their first child Susanna was born six months after the wedding. Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway had three children together — a son, Hamnet, who died in , and two daughters, Susanna and Judith.