Anne Hathaway’s childhood was spent in a house in the small village of Shottery, just west of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. It is actually not a cottage, but a spacious twelve-room farmhouse with several bedrooms and multiple chimneys (each room had its own fireplace.) She married William Shakespeare when he was 18 and she was both pregnant and 26. We were told, during one of our trips to Stratford, that although there was rumor that her father arranged a shotgun wedding to save family face in the community, there is no conclusive proof. It was not uncommon for brides to be older than the groom during the 19th century, as young girls were often needed at home to help care for younger siblings and would not marry until their late twenties. Three children were born to Anne: Susanna (1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith (1855). Much has not been recorded regarding their married life, leading to speculation that Shakespeare may have developed a diliking for his wife. For most of their married life, William lived in London where he wrote and performed his plays (Globe Theatre), while Anne stayed in Stratford. But London was where the greater audiences were and when Shakespeare retired from the theatre in 1613, he chose to return to his family in Stratford to spend his remaining years.
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