William Shakespeare



An oil painting of Shakespeare

1. Legendary Engsh dramatist and poet, William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 and died on April 23, 1616, his 52nd birthday. His death ironically coincided with St George’s Day, the patron saint of England.

2. Shakespeare married his wife, Anne Hathaway, when he was 18. She was 26 and was pregnant when they married. Their first child was born six months after the wedding.

3. Shakespeare died a rich man. He made several gifts to various people but left his property to his daughter, Susanna. The only mention of his wife in Shakespeare’s own will is: “I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture”. The “furniture” was the bedclothes for the bed.


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