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November 27 – William Shakespeare marries a pregnant Anne Hathaway

On this day in Tudor history, 27th November 1582, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the famous playwright William Shakespeare married Anne (also known as Agnes) Hathaway at Temple Grafton, near Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire.

Shakespeare was eighteen years old when he married his twenty-six-year-old bride, who was pregnant at the time of their marriage. Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susannah, the following May. The couple went on to have twins, Hamnet and Judith, in 1585.

Find out more about William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, and their marriage, and also what happened to them...

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November 27 – William Shakespeare marries a pregnant Anne Hathaway