Shakespeare’s two Annes: 2. Shakespeare’s Other Anne (first part)

The mysterious Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton Anne Whateley is the woman who is supposed to have been the intended wife of William Shakespeare before being forced to marry Anne Hathaway, although scholars believe that she never existed, and that her name in that document concerning Shakespeare’s marriage is merely a clerical error. It is… Read More Shakespeare’s two Annes: 2. Shakespeare’s Other Anne (first part)

Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Carol Ann Duffy’s Anne Hathaway (fourth part)

Here you can read the previous parts:Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Daughters (first part)Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Daughters (second part)Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Sonnet 145 (third part) Anne Hathaway ‘Item I gyve unto my wief my second best bed…’(from Shakespeare’s will) The bed we loved in was… Read More Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Carol Ann Duffy’s Anne Hathaway (fourth part)

Samuel Butler and Italy (“My Second Country”)

Besides being a distinguished writer and critic, Samuel Butler was also a painter. From the late 1880s onwards, photography became his primary passion and his “snapshots” show his keen talent for finding extraordinary qualities in scenes of ordinary life. After deciding life as an Anglican minister (the occupation for which he was trained) was not… Read More Samuel Butler and Italy (“My Second Country”)

Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Sonnet 145 (third part)

Sonnet 145 One of Shakespeare’s sonnets, number 145, has been claimed to refer to Anne Hathaway through the words “hate away”, which  may be a pun (in Elizabethan pronunciation) on “Hathaway”. Also the following words, “And saved my life”, would have been indistinguishable in pronunciation from “Anne saved my life”. This sonnet, which is placed… Read More Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Sonnet 145 (third part)

Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Daughters (second part)

After her marriage to Shakespeare, as was the custom, Anne left her home to live with William in John Shakespeare’s house ìn Stratford. Six months after the marriage, in May 1583, Anne and William became the parents of Susanna Shakespeare. Less than two years later, the twins Hamnet and Judith were born.Unfortunately Hamnet, William Shakespeare’s… Read More Shakespeare’s two Annes: 1. Anne Hathaway & Daughters (second part)