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Ye Olde King’s Head

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Issued at a 2007 Windsor Event, some collectors are shown outside in Church Street across from Windsor Castle. In 2012 it was a restaurant called 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.

 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, another Hazle model. Britain adopted Europe’s Gregorian calendar in 1752, so the date is now 1649. King Charles II visited his mistress Nell Gwynn next door in the 1660s!

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Ye Olde King’s Head
on Windsor King’s Head

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 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
His surviving creations encompass 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other poems. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway and had three children. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as a writer, actor and part owner of a theatre company playing at The Globe. He probably semi-retired to his home in Stratford upon Avon around 1613. Respected in his own time, his reputation really escalated during the 19th century.

 Ermine Portrait of Elizabeth 1, 1533-1603, from 1585. Attributed to William Segar, it is in a private collection.

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

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