Shakespeares Wife by Germaine GreerA polemical, ground-breaking study of Elizabethan England that reclaims Ann Hathaways rightful place in history.
Little is known about the wife of the worlds most famous playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeares will has been interpreted as evidence that she was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake from which Shakespeare did well to distance himself.
Yet Shakespeare is above all the poet of marriage. Before him, there were few comedies or tragedies about wooing or wedding. And yet he explored the sacrament in all its aspects, spiritual, psychological, sexual, sociological, and was the creator of some of the most tenacious and intelligent heroines in English literature. Is it possible, therefore, that Ann, who has been mocked and vilified by scholars for centuries, was the inspiration?
Until now, there has been no serious critical scholarship devoted to the life and career of the farmers daughter who married Englands greatest poet. Part biography, part history, Shakespeares Wife is a fascinating reconstruction of Anns life, and an illuminating look at the daily lives of Elizabethan women, from their working routines to the rituals of courtship and the minutiae of married life. In this thoroughly researched and controversial book, Greer steps off the well-trodden paths of orthodoxy, asks new questions, and begins to right the wrongs done to Ann Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway married in , when Anne was already several months pregnant with their first child. To avoid the scandal of having a child out of wedlock, the couple obtained permission from the Bishop's Court in Worcester to speed up proceedings and so married outside of their home parish. Subsequently, no records exist of where the wedding actually took place. How many children did William and Anne Shakespeare have? The following year, Anne became pregnant with twins and Judith and Hamnet Shakespeare were born in Soon after the twins were born, Shakespeare left the family home, travelling to London to pursue a career as an actor and playwright. Were William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway related?
Anne Hathaway , also called Agnes Hathwey , born c. She was probably born at Shottery, near Stratford, the daughter of Richard Hathaway, a local landowner. She was married to Shakespeare in November , when he was 18 and when she, according to the sole evidence of an inscription on her gravestone, was Their daughter Susanna was born the following May. After the birth about of their twins, Hamnet and Judith, Shakespeare moved to London, probably leaving the family at Stratford. About Anne and the children were installed in New Place, Stratford, where Anne remained until her death in Shakespeare often visited his family there and lived there from his retirement in until his death.
Page Back. We are therefore able to deduce her year of birth as As William Shakespeare was born in this gave an age gap between them of eight years. This page is dedicated to piecing together the biography of Anne Hathaway, the wife of the great Bard. The daughter of Richard Hathaway is identified as Agnes Hathaway.
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William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in November and they remained married until Shakespeare's death. At the time of their marriage William was 18, while Anne was 26—and pregnant with their first child. William, on the other hand, was still a minor in the eyes of the law and so required permission from Anne's father to marry Anne. Shakespeare's early marriage also meant that he wouldn't legally be able to complete an apprenticeship. To avoid any scandal surrounding Anne's pregnancy, William sped up proceedings by applying to the Bishop's Court in Worcester. This licence also authorised the marriage to take place outside the parish of normal residence, allowing William and Anne to be married outside of Stratford-upon-Avon.