25 Intriguing Facts You Should Know About Shakespeare

Posted by on June 21, 2016

Shakespeare’s poems and plays are timeless and have not failed to touch and engage millions of people around the globe to this day. His incredible influence and impact can be found throughout the arts and modern culture from theater and literature to contemporary film and music, Western philosophy and sociology, to the English language itself. He’s undoubtedly the most famous and quoted writer in the English-speaking world, while an extensive number of writers who have followed him have been influenced by his plays in one way or another.



His impressive body of work continues to influence modern drama in a variety of ways. According to many contemporary historians and scholars, Shakespeare wasn’t just a writer who helped change the world with his art but who contributed the utmost to creating a new, brighter, and more progressive world. Some of his best dramas, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth among others, have become Hollywood films and have been performed in thousands of theaters worldwide, introducing millions to the Bard’s imaginative world every year. The 25 Intriguing Facts You Should Know About Shakespeare that follow may help you discover that maybe your life has also been influenced by his masterpieces without even recognizing it.

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According to most accurate historical sources, Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564. According to the tradition of the age, babies were baptized when they were three days old, meaning Shakespeare was probably born on April 23. However, as Shakespeare was born under the old Julian calendar, what was April 23 during his lifetime would actually be May 3 according to the Gregorian calendar used today. In other words, Shakespeare was a Taurus.

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He came from a big family and had seven siblings. However, the most notable of his relatives was a second cousin of his mother named William Arden. His claim to fame was that he was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and eventually executed.

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Not many people are aware that apart from writing some of the most legendary plays and sonnets in history, Shakespeare was also an actor who performed in many of his own dramas as well as those of other playwrights.

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Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, was eight years older than he, which was a bit out of the ordinary for their time. He was eighteen and she was twenty-six and three months pregnant with their first child when they married.

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In case you never heard this before, “William Shakespeare” is an anagram of “I am a weakish speller.”

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