Shakespeare was a happily married man (as far as we know) and one supposes his wife Anne might have been his muse. But there is a school of thought that supposes the subject of many of his best love poems was in fact a man! It was the Earl of Southampton who was his main benefactor and he was said to be a good looking youth. Was the bard’s head turned?
Tony’s talk will astound you with the numbers of commas, full stops and semi colons throughout Shakespeare’s work. But the biggest single thing to note is that he wrote the word 'love' a hundred times more than he wrote the word 'hate'.
Unless you are Francis Bacon most people agree that he was the greatest author the English language ever spawned. But there are some curiosities. How can you write a play about Venice and not mention canals? How does a commoner know so much about royal protocol?