Whenever I see one of these 51 Facts About William Shakespeare lists, I always give it a quick glance to see if a) anything’s just wildly wrong, and/or b) to see if there’s anything new and interesting that I didn’t know.
I like this list. It does seem to cover mostly standard information – when he was born, died, what his father did for a living, etc..
But #11 was new to me:
Because Anne Hathaway Shakespeare’s tombstone states she was 67 when she died in 1623, it is generally believed that she was eight years older than her husband. However, the figures 1 and 7 are easily confused–so she might have been 61, only two years older than William.
Is that true? That this is the only information used to give us Anne’s age, and that it is questionable? I’ve never heard that, and I’ve heard an awful lot of conjecture about William Shakespeare’s marriage. I’ve yet to hear someone say “Anne was almost 10 years older than Shakespeare…..or, not.”