This month (April 2016) is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. In this interesting article on The View from Sari’s World blog, Sari delves into the circumstances of the Bard’s demise, about which we know surprisingly little, historically. Scholars and historians have been working over Shakespeare-related riddles for centuries but I admit I hadn’t heard much about this one. Quite interesting!
As you know 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. What we don’t know is the exact cause his untimely death. The man was 52 years old and from all accounts seemed to be in good health. Yes, he did retired early, but given that he was a wealthy man this shouldn’t be all that surprising. Perhaps he was burned out; London or the stage’s allure may have finally run thin. The quiet country life he escaped from as a young man may all of a sudden seem like the ideal place to escape to.
Shakespeare’s cause of death remains a mystery. What little factual information we have of his death comes from an entry in the diary of John Ward, the vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford (where Shakespeare is buried). In the diary, Ward notes that “Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry…
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