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10 Interesting Facts about William Shakespeare



Over the centuries, there has been considerable reseach done about the greatest playwright this earth has seen. There are some of the facts that no one knows - especially about his looks. Here is an interesting facts file:

Fact #1 which is commonly known: Shakespeare was a renowned playwright and poet. His interest in theatre developed at an early age, his father took him and his siblings to see travelling shows. He has written approximately 37 plays before his retirement from the theatre.

Fact #2: Shakespeare was left handed.Not many people know this or perhaps care less. However, left handers can feel proud!

Fact #3 about family: 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 25% Interest. Shakespeare's family was all illiterate.

Fact #4 about marriage: In 1592, Shakespeare married a twenty six years old lady Anne Hathaway at the age of eighteen. At that time she was expecting his baby. He left his wife only a bed when he died.

Fact #5 about his theater company: Lord Chamberlain's Men was a theatre group in London which soon became the leading theatre company in London when Shakespeare became its founder in 1594.

This theatre was built on leased land so it was forced to be closed in 1597. But soon a new theatre was constructed by all the partners of Lord Chamberlain's men on the south bank of the Thames River. It was named as The Globe. The motto of the Globe Theatre was totus mundus agit histrionem (all the world's a stage).

No women were allowed to work as actors - female roles were taken by young lads who wore women's clothes and elaborate make-up. The lead content in the white make-up led to many early deaths of the boy actors.

Fact #6 about his religion: Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic. No one knows how Shakespeare died. Last play he wrote was Two Noble Kinsmen. His tomb was inscribed with a curse.

Fact #7 about contribution to English words: William Shakespeare is believed to have influenced the English language more than any other writer in history, coining-or, at the very least, popularizing-terms and phrases that still regularly crop up in everyday conversation.

Fact #8: William Shakespeare's works contain more than 600 references to various types of birds, from swans and doves to sparrows and turkeys. The starling-a lustrous songbird with a gift for mimicry, native to Europe and western Asia-makes just one appearance, in "Henry IV, Part 1."

Fact #9 about his tragedy plays: Many of the Shakespeare's plays are tragedies. Some of the tragedies by William Shakespeare are Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Timor of Athens, Cymbeline, etc. Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet are his four most appreciated tragedies.

Interesting Fact #10: Shakespeare is among those listed in the Lord Treasurer's Remembrance Residuum London accounts as delinquents owing back-taxes "The marginal note Surrey, and the reference to 'Residuum Sussex', added later, signify that Shakespeare had migrated across the river to the Surrey Bank side"

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