Mrs. Klemens, you definitely won that song round! I want to know…did you ask the boys for help? And, Mrs. Hardcastle, you’d better plan your time at the wheel a little bit more prudently, as Mrs. K is out to win! ~ Preston
Today, I’m taking you on a quaint little jaunt to the cottage of Anne Hathaway. This Anne Hathaway is not to be confused with the Anne Hathaway of Batman and Princess Diaries! Rather, this Anne Hathaway would be Shakespeare’s wife.
The happy couple was married in a “giddyup” type of way, with Anne giving birth to their first child, Susanna, just six months after their nuptials. Never mind that she robbed the cradle by marrying William who was 18 while she was 26! In their time, the life expectancy hovered between 30 and 40 years of age. Anne also gave birth to twins, Hamnet and Judith, two years later. There isn’t a whole lot of information about Anne, except to know that Shakespeare did live with her when he wasn’t traveling about with his acting company.
In Shakespeare’s day, the surrounding land was nothing but vast fields. William would travel extensively across them to come home to his wife.
Most of Shakespeare’s life was spent in London because in order to be a play right you have to be where the actors and crowds gather!
Her home was actually a bit smaller than the version that is seen today, as over time some have felt a need to add to it. Their son Hamnet died at age 11 during the plague, but it is thought that Anne lived a peaceful and faithful life. Shakespeare would return home for a portion of each year. Upon retirement in 1613 he chose to live with her in Stratford rather than remaining in London, until his death in 1616. Anne outlived the life expectancy of the time, passing in 1623 at the age of 67.
She was pretty much a “hearth and home” kind of gal!
Anne outlived the life expectancy of the time, passing in 1623 at the age of 67. She greatly desired to be buried with her husband.
I guess it really can be said that behind every great man, there is a great woman!
Song: ” Infant, infant, infant oh, infant, infant, infant oh, infant, infant, infant, oh, foresaw that thou wouldst always belong to thee.”