The Tudor Society

19 March – Romeo and Juliet author dies in a shipwreck

On this day in Tudor history, 19th March 1563, Arthur Brooke, the man who wrote the very first version of the story of Romeo and Juliet in English, died in a shipwreck off the coast of Sussex.

Find out more about Arthur Brooke and his version of Romeo and Juliet in today's video:

Arthur Brooke's "Romeus and Juliet" can be read online at

You can find out more about Brooke and his work in my Claire Chats video Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare and Brooke.

Also on this day in history:

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