17 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Shakespeare

13. Shakespeare had a controversial and scandalous marriage

If you think that celebrity marriages are a new phenomenon, think again. Scandals amongst famous people date back as long as the concept of famous people itself. These days it is expected for a celebrity to have a drug or affair scandal, but Shakespeare went miles above and beyond that. His marriage was controversial even by today’s standards.


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He married a woman named Anne Hathaway (the actress you are thinking of isn’t a time traveler, this is some other Anne Hathaway we are talking about). Shakespeare was only 18 years old while Anne was 28. Men in those times were expected to marry younger women. And that’s not it, they had a child together; only six months into the marriage. A baby born out of wedlock, a teenage husband, a decade-older wife; that’s scandalous even by today’s standards!

What became of the marriage and the child? – Keep reading, you will find out.


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