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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

by Carol Ann Duffy

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

When Anne and Shakespeare got married, she was pregnant (shotgun wedding, anyone?). She was also significantly older than him: she was 26, and he was just 18. Scandalous! (Source.)

Anne and Shakespeare had three children: Susanna, who was born just six months after their wedding, and Judith and Hamnet, a set of twins. Sadly, Hamnet died in 1596 at just eleven years old. In 1601, Shakespeare went on to write the great tragedy Hamlet. Lots of scholars have kept themselves busy trying to draw out the connections between the play and the death of Shakespeare's son; the similarity of their names is just too obvious to ignore. (Source.)

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