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Ye Olde King’s Head 2

Introduction
Issued at a 2007 Windsor Signing Event, some collectors are shown outside in Church Street across from Windsor Castle. In 2012 it was a restaurant named Falstaff’s, main character in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. This was said to be written in 14 days at the inn in 1597, apparently by command of Queen Elizabeth 1. The play was likely first performed that year at the Castle’s Garter Feast in The Queen’s presence.

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Hazle Ceramics
Ye Olde King’s Head 2
Limited Painting of 400
on Windsor King’s Head
1616-2016: 400th Year
of Shakespeare’s Legacy
This differs from the standard version with The Merry Wives
quotation on the second floor
and also an altered colourway
The Immortal Bard Stayed Here
is added under the main window

▲ Built in 1525, The King’s Head inn was loyal to the Crown. A copy of King Charles I’s 1648 death warrant is on the wall. It was signed at 2 Curfew Yard, also a Windsor model. Britain adopted Europe’s Gregorian calendar in 1752, making it 1649. King Charles II often visited mistress Nell Gwynn next door on the left in the 1660s!

▲ Anne Hathaway’s cottage, where Shakespeare courted her in 1582. This Tudor house and garden is open to the public - with items from their marriage.

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William Shakespeare
1564-1616
His surviving creations encompass 38 plays, 154 sonnets plus further poems. In 1582 Will married Anne Hathaway and had three children. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a very successful career in London as a writer, actor and part owner of a theatre company playing at The Globe. In 1597 Will purchased New House in Stratford upon Avon with Anne, writing later plays and dying there in 1616. His reputation really escalated during the 19th century.

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▲ The Chandos painting above hangs in London’s National Portrait Gallery. An earring was added and the beard and hair were made longer later. With a strong claim to be Shakespeare, it also resembles the reputedly authentic 1623 engraving above right.

▲ The Ermine Portrait of Elizabeth 1, 1533-1603 by William Segar.

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