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...
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...
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...
Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Did Shakespeare Have a Canopy Bed?

Canopy beds, with their flowing draperies, are today connected with the image of a princess, or a very fancy setup. There is a historical reason for connecting canopy beds with princesses, as it was the nobility in medieval Europe who thought up this beautiful, and as...
Did Shakespeare Have Stuffed Animals?

Did Shakespeare Have Stuffed Animals?

1577 (when Shakespeare was 13) painting of lady Arabella Stuart. Unknown author, shows her holding a doll dressed in period clothing. Source When you think about the life of William Shakespeare, it is easy to think of him in his prime–as a grown man, well...
Did Shakespeare Have Street Lamps?

Did Shakespeare Have Street Lamps?

Maurice Dessertenne- “Eclairage”, in Nouveau Larousse Illustré, tôme quatrième E-G. Shakespeare would not have had all of these lights, but the ones labeled 15th-17th century would have been around during his lifespan of 1564-1616. They are numbers 25-28...