Did Shakespeare Have a Toilet?

Did Shakespeare Have a Toilet?

Hello there! I’m Cassidy Cash. Here on Did Shakespeare we explore the ordinary life things that show up in Shakespeare’s plays, and examine what they would have been like for William Shakespeare himself by asking good questions, then exploring what we can find out to...
Did Shakespeare Have a Door Bell?

Did Shakespeare Have a Door Bell?

One of the most ordinary domestic things I think about when it comes to life of William Shakespeare is how did someone notify the resident of a home that they had arrived. Did they knock? Did they yell? Or did they use a door bell? Why was the first electric door bell...
Did Shakespeare Have Corn?

Did Shakespeare Have Corn?

In the 16th century, the word “corn” applied to any plant which produced a seed that could be harvested and then turned into breads, cereals, and other flours for baking food items and even the most popular beverage in England, ale, which was safer to drink than water...
Did Shakespeare Have an Umbrella?

Did Shakespeare Have an Umbrella?

The OED (The Oxford English Dictionary) records the origin of the umbrella linguistically as the word “fannell” (which is sometimes spelled “Phanelle”). This term was used for an umbrella only briefly in history, and we know that from a single...
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...