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...
Did Shakespeare: Blooper Edition

Did Shakespeare: Blooper Edition

We are throwing it back this week to glance over some of our funniest moments from the last two years of making Did Shakespeare episodes. Researching history, learning to pronounce words you've only seen written (never spoken), and juggling both pets and children to...