5 Shakespeare Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart at Parties

Image via Ceoworld Magazine 1. His wife was named “Anne Hathaway” They married in the year 1582, when she was 26 and he was only 18. It was highly speculated that they married because she was pregnant, and that Shakespeare was involved with another woman during this time. Hathaway grew up in Shottery, England, which is a town next to Shakespeare’s Startford-upon-Avon, and she came from a family of farmers. After the birth of her first daughter, Susanna, in 1583, she later went on to give birth to twins Hammet and Judith in 1585. You guessed it-the Catwoman actress parent’s …

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1. His wife was named “Anne Hathaway”

They married in the year 1582, when she was 26 and he was only 18. It was highly speculated that they married because she was pregnant, and that Shakespeare was involved with another woman during this time. Hathaway grew up in Shottery, England, which is a town next to Shakespeare’s Startford-upon-Avon, and she came from a family of farmers. After the birth of her first daughter, Susanna, in 1583, she later went on to give birth to twins Hammet and Judith in 1585. You guessed it-the Catwoman actress parent’s were Shakespeare fans and named their daughter after William Shakespeare’s wife!

 

2. There’s a conspiracy theory that he didn’t write his own work

Since there’s no evidence that Shakespeare had any type of formal education, some have questioned how one man was capable of such genius, leading some to theorize that “Shakespeare” was just a pseudonym for a collection of different authors. (Most common contenders include rival Christopher Marlowe and Sir Francis Bacon). However, the vast majority historians completely disagree with this theory. Their reasoning is due to lack of evidence that there were any other writers behind his name, and that his work was too consistent to have any other contributors.

 

3. He coined many terms used today

A master with words and highly influential, Shakespeare is known for inventing and popularizing many words and phrases used commonly today. Examples include “Vanish into thin air” from Othello, “Mum’s the word” from Henry VI, “All of a sudden” from Taming of the Shrew, and “The be all-end all” from Macbeth.

 

4. He acted in his own plays

Shakespeare was a member of Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an acting company which Shakespeare wrote for. Richard Burbage was the name of the actor who played most of Shakespeare’s lead roles, including Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, and King Lear. However, Shakespeare was more than just a writer, he was a multi talented man who dabbled in acting as well. Roles that scholars have presumed Shakespeare has played were King Duncan in Macbeth, Adam in As You Like It,  and most famously, the Ghost of Hamlet’s father in Hamlet.

 

5. His son died from the black death

Shakespeare’s only son, Hamnet, tragically died in 1596 at the age of 11, shortly after contracting the bubonic plague. At this time in England, it was very common for parents to lose their children at a young age. It is widely speculated that his death influenced the legendary 1609 play Hamlet, which centers around a man coping with the death of his father. 

 

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