William Shakespeare Facts
FACTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE
There are many
mysteries that surround the life of William Shakespeare -
some are based on facts and some are based on fiction! Some
are interesting facts, some are strange facts and some are
down right weird facts
interesting! Check out our Top 10 Facts on Shakespeare!
TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT
Trivia Fact 1 -
No one knows the actual birthday of Shakespeare!
Trivia Fact 2 -
Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and
three months pregnant when
they got married!
Trivia Fact 3 -
Many Shakespeare life facts are unknown - these are referred
to as the Lost Years
Trivia Fact 4 -
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
Trivia Fact 5 -
William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare's mother Mary
Arden, was arrested for plotting
against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London
Trivia Fact 6 -
Shakespeare and his company built TWO Globe Theatres!
Trivia Fact 7 -
Shakespeare never published any of his plays!
Trivia Fact 8 -
Shakespeare and the Globe Actors were implicated in the
Essex Rebellion of 1601!
Trivia Fact 9 -
Many eminent Authors and Politicians do not believe that
Shakespeare wrote his plays...
Trivia Fact 10 -
Shakespeare's family were all illiterate!
RUMOURS AND FACTS ABOUT
birthday is unknown but April 23rd has been generally used - the same
day as St. George's Day, the Patron Saint of England - stranger still
his actual date of death is also unknown and this has also been given
April 23rd! Fact!
William's father, John
Shakespeare was the Mayor of Stratford
There are rumours that
Shakespeare left Stratford-upon-Avon to avoid prosecution for poaching a
Shakespeare is rumoured to
be the father of an illegitimate son - William Davenant!
We do not really know what
Shakespeare looked like! Not one portrait was painted of Shakespeare
whilst he was still alive!
The majority of his plays
were only published seven years after his death!
Shakespeare's daughter, Judith married a man called Thomas Quiney - but
failed to get a special license to marry and, on March 12th 1616, Judith
and Thomas Quiney were both excommunicated!
More scandalous Shakespeare
Family Facts! It transpired that Thomas Quiney had made another girl
pregnant and was prosecuted for 'carnal copulation'
The only mention that
Shakespeare specifically makes of his wife in his Last Will and
testament was to leave her his "second best bed"
all died - he had no descendents