We cannot therefore rely on these secondary sources as evidence that a word was Midlands dialect. — By the river the group of modern buildings known as the Shakespeare Centre includes a library and art gallery (opened in 1881) and a theatre (opened in 1932). Tourists soak up Shakespeare’s ‘birthplace’. Spouse(s) William Shakespeare (m. 1582; died 1616) Children: Susanna Hall; Hamnet Shakespeare; Judith Quiney; Anne Hathaway (1556 – 6 August 1623) was the wife of William Shakespeare, the English poet, playwright and actor. When science advice gets “dirty” in the political mud Know before you go: New information on COVID-19. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in a half-timbered house on Henley Street. Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. More widely spoken was “kecksies”, used as a name for hollow-stemmed plants such as cow-parsley. Stripping away biographically grounded assumptions might feel threatening to some, but it is a route to greater clarity about his works; which are, after all, the only reason we are interested in him in the first place. The most popular candidate for the Bard remains the man who died 400 years ago this April. — Business takes centre stage on the rooftop restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Company overlooking leafy Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote 39 plays (with about half of them considered comedies) and two long poems in his lifetime. “Breeze”, another word for a gadfly, is used in Antony and Cleopatra, but the claim that it is Midlands dialect ignores the fact that it was a commonly-used word from Old English, used by Chaucer and by the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser (among others) in texts Shakespeare is likely to have read. His grave is in the parish church of Holy Trinity. Take “mazzard”, a type of cherry, used as slang for the head in both Hamlet and Othello: “I’ll knock you over the mazzard.” A search of Early English Books Online reveals that Shakespeare’s contemporaries Anthony Munday, Thomas Middleton, Nathan Field and Francis Beaumont all used “mazzard” for head. Make history at Warwick’s medieval castle. That the author cannot be pinned to a particular location by his diction doesn’t mean that “Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare”, but it does mean that defences of the traditional author will need to focus on other arguments. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Thanks to digitised databases, it’s now clear that not a single one of the two dozen words and phrases that have been argued to come from the Cotswolds – from “ballow” and “batlet” to “pash”, “potch” and “unwappered” – are actually local words. He is often quoted in modern writing. As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. The Shakespeare Hospice has seven charity shops across Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds selling a variety of quality goods which have been donated by the generous public. Stratford-upon-Avon stands where a Roman road forded the River Avon (Upper Avon), and a 19th-century bridge still spans the river alongside a 15th-century arched stone bridge. April 23—the date of Shakespeare’s death and, approximately, also of his birth—is celebrated annually in Stratford-upon-Avon, and every year from March until October there is a festival during which his plays are acted in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.