Did Shakespeare Wash His Laundry?

Did Shakespeare Wash His Laundry?

Woman and Child on Bleaching Field, c. 1658. Oil on Canvas. Source The short answer to this question is No, but only because men typically did not wash their clothes in the 16th century. Keeping linens clean, including clothing items, were done by women. (Men were...
Ep 99: Lynn Bowser and the Red Kite

Ep 99: Lynn Bowser and the Red Kite

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Did Shakespeare Have a Mailbox?

Did Shakespeare Have a Mailbox?

Letter image from the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The short answer this week is No, Shakespeare did not have a mailbox because mailboxes weren’t invented until close to 300 years after Shakespeare’s death, during the 1850s. But there are letters talked about in...
Ep 98: Dawn Tucker & Elizabethan Acrobatics

Ep 98: Dawn Tucker & Elizabethan Acrobatics

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Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Pillows or beres were considered unmanly, reserved for the old, young girls and pregnant women, yet there was also a belief that it was necessary to sleep propped up to prevent devils entering the open mouth and stealing away your soul. Real men rested their heads on...