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Shakespeare's Life

Who was William Shakespeare? Learn about the life and times of the world's most famous playwright and find answers to your questions. Did he actually write the plays? Where was he buried?
  1. Authorship Debate (8)
  2. Historical Context (4)
  3. Sexuality Debate (2)

Shakespeare Timeline
This Shakespeare timeline covers all the significant events that shaped Shakespeare's life. When was 'Hamlet' written? When did Shakespeare get married? Find out all this and more with our Shakespeare timeline.

William Shakespeare - A Biography
Who was William Shakespeare? Amazingly, historians know very little about his life. This biography looks at the surviving evidence and paints a picture of the world's most famous playwright.

Was Shakespeare Catholic?
Was Shakespeare Catholic? Although there is no conclusive proof, there is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that he was a practicing Roman Catholic. We explore Shakespeare's Catholic Roots.

Shakespeare Lost Years
The gaps in Shakespeare's biography have become known as the Shakespeare lost years. Our guide explores the main theories surrounding the Bard's activities and whereabouts during the Shakespeare lost years.

Shakespeare’s Life
Shakespeare's life - Find out everything you need to know about Shakespeare's Life, from his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to Shakespeare's life in the theater.

Shakespeare's Death
Discover the facts surrounding Shakespeare's death in 1616. Where did Shakespeare die and what could have caused Shakespeare’s death?

Where was Shakespeare Born?
Find out when and where Shakespeare was born – and what happened to the house in which he was born.

The Cobbe Portrait
The Cobbe portrait is considered to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his lifetime, and is considered to be the original painting from which today’s iconic image of the Bard was copied.

Shakespeare Timeline
Discover Shakespeare's life with this interactive timeline.

The Shakespeare Paper Trail
The BBC explores the scant historical evidence we have about Shakespeare's formative years.

Shakespeare's Will
You can download a copy of Shakespeare's handwritten will from the UK National Archives free of charge (registration required).

Shakespeare's Grave
Find out where to find Shakespeare's grave and discover the "curse" engraved into the stone!

Life of William Shakespeare
The life of William Shakespeare is fascinating. We piece together the most important events in the life of William Shakespeare in our straightforward guide.

Anne Hathaway – William Shakespeare's Wife
Who was Anne Hathaway? Read our biography for Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare's wife.

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