William Shakespeare Facts
FACTS ABOUT SHAKESPEARE
TOP 10 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!
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
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 and executed!
Trivia Fact 6 - Shakespeare and
his company built TWO Globe
Trivia Fact 7 - Shakespeare
never published any of his
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
Trivia Fact 10 - Shakespeare's
family were all illiterate!
MORE FACTS ON SHAKESPEARE!
RUMOURS AND FACTS ABOUT
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!
William's father, John
Shakespeare was the Mayor of
There are rumours that
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
The majority of his plays were
only published seven years after
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