History in Numbers
Above: William Shakespeare portrait from the front cover of a 1623 folio of his works.
10 Facts About Shakespeare
Read on for some of the fascinating facts and figures you’ll find on the life, work and legacy of the Bard of Stratford, William Shakespeare…
3 months – William Shakespeare’s age when the plague arrived in Stratford upon Avon.
17 feet – The depth at which Shakespeare’s body is believed to have been buried.
12 – The total number of Anne Hathaway’s siblings.
18 – William Shakespeare’s age on the day he married the 26 year old Anne Hathaway.
7 – The number of years that William’s father John spent as an apprentice glover, just the first of a number of careers he would hold in his lifetime.
60 – The number of different species of bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.
16 – The number of times the word ‘dream’ appears in the text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
6 – The number of characters to become involved in swordfights in Henry IV, Part I.
150 – The number of times the word ‘love’ appears in the play Romeo and Juliet.
154 – the number of sonnets that Shakespeare wrote.
About The Site
There is much written about Shakespeare on the web, much of it excellent, some more fanciful. Here I aim to give the reader a quick (and hopefully fascinating) reference into the life, work and legacy of the bard of Stratford upon Avon; I hope you find something of value here.
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All of the facts and figures displayed on this website are correct to the best of my knowledge, however myths and misinformation about the playwright abound and so the accuracy of the information presented cannot be guaranteed. In using any of the Shakespeare Facts or images from this website you do so entirely at your discretion.
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