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
Shakespeare was interesting! Check out our Top 10 Facts on Shakespeare!
TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE!
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 25% Interest!
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 and executed!
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 SHAKESPEARE!
Shakespeare's actual 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 deer!
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!
Scandalous Facts! 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"
Shakespeare's grandchildren all died - he had no descendents
William Shakespeare Facts