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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Month of Shakespeare: 10 Facts about Shakespeare

Hi everyone! Since this month is The Month of Shakespeare on my blog, I thought I'd do a facts post. I love facts. It's a weird past time I like to read when I'm on the beach or on break at work, etc. It's always a fun and quick read. So here yuh go! 


*All my facts were googled and found on a few different websites, which I'll name at the end of the post. *


Fact 1: 
"Shakespeare lived to 52." a


Fact 2:

"The Bard coined the phrase, "the beast with two backs" means intercourse in his play Othello." b

Fact 3:
"Shakespeare had seven siblings. " a

Fact 4:
"‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of ‘I am a weakish speller’." a
Fact 5:
"In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”--but never “William Shakespeare.” c


Fact 6:
"Shakespeare’s original grave marker showed him holding a bag of grain. Citizens of Stratford replaced the bag with a quill in 1747." a


Fact 7:
"In November 1582, Shakespeare applied for a license to marry Anne Whateley. “Anne Whateley” could be a scribal error for Anne Hathaway, whom he married on or about November 30. She was three months pregnant at the time." c


Fact 8:
Many of Shakespeare's plays are based on others' earlier plays, histories, and poems. This was common practice at that time. c


Fact 9:
"Shakespeare wrote many more plays than the ones we know about. It’s certain that he wrote a play titled Cardenio, which has been lost, but scholars think he wrote about twenty that have gone without a trace." a

Fact 10:
Shakespeare invented the word "assassination". b


Fact 10 may be my favorite yet. I learned some new things today, but that fact has to be the best. 



References:
http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-facts/ a
http://absoluteshakespeare.com/trivia/facts/facts.htm b
http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/01/11_shakespeare.html c

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