Shakespeare Facts

 

 

We are often asked about the many interesting facts about Shakespeare and his life in Tudor England, so here we have compiled a set of answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

To delve a little deeper, visit our Students and Enthusiasts page.

 

Shakespeare's Life and Works

Images of Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare's Life

 

What year was Shakespeare born?

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When did Shakespeare die, and where was he buried?

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Who were Shakespeare’s mother, father and siblings?

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Who was Shakespeare married to?

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Why did Shakespeare leave his wife his 'second best bed'?

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Do we have artefacts that belonged to Shakespeare and his family?

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Did Shakespeare have descendants?

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Was Shakespeare gay?

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Where was Shakespeare educated?

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Was Shakespeare right or left handed?

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What religion was Shakespeare?

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What did Shakespeare's coat of arms look like?

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Railings outside Shakespeare's birthplace

 

How much property did Shakespeare own?

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How much do we know about 'the lost years' of Shakespeare's life?

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Did Shakespeare take his family to London?

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Did Shakespeare visit Italy?

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What was Shakespeare's relationship with Queen Elizabeth like?

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Shakespeare's Work

 

What is Shakespeare famous for?

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Did Shakespeare really write the plays?

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What was Shakespeare’s first play?

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Why has Shakespeare’s work stayed popular for so long?

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How did Shakespeare make his money?

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Elizabethan England

 

Where can I find some Elizabethan recipes?

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What are the four humors?

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How tall were people in Shakespeare's time?

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Is it true that people would only wash once a year in Elizabethan times?

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What were toilet facilities like in Shakespeare's day?

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