Shakespeare's marriage: the facts

Two women (it seems) and a child born--and surviving-- after six months?

Speculate on. . .

Footnotes

  1. What about Whateley?

    Nothing is known of Anne Whateley, if she was ever more than a clerical error. Whateleys did live in the area of Stratford.

  2. The banns

    To ensure that there was no impediment to the marriage, it was announced three times at the local church--and these announcements were the "banns." However, if a marriage was urgent, and the banns were to be read less than three times, it was normal for the Bishop to secure a bond of this kind.