New findings, which will be published in a book later this year, apparently show that the Bard had affairs with both men and women during his year marriage to Anne Hathaway. Adding the sonnets from his plays, the scholars were left with sonnets dating from around onwards. But he was married and had children. To reclaim the term bisexual seems to be quite an original thing to be doing.
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The sexuality of William Shakespeare has been the subject of recurring debate. It is known from public records that he married Anne Hathaway and had three children together; scholars have analysed their relationship through these documents, and particularly through the bequests to her in his will. Some historians have speculated Shakespeare had affairs with other women, based on contemporaries' written anecdotes of such affairs and sometimes on the " Dark Lady " figure in his sonnets. Some scholars have argued he was bisexual , based on analysis of the sonnets; many, including Sonnet 18 are love poems addressed to a man the "Fair Youth" , and contain puns relating to homosexuality. At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the year-old Anne Hathaway. The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November
Slang and sexual language
And for a woman wert thou first created; Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, And by addition me of thee defeated, By adding one thing to my purpose nothing. Sonnet 20 is one of the best-known of sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Part of the Fair Youth sequence which comprises sonnets 1 - , the subject of the sonnet is widely interpreted as being male, thereby raising questions about the sexuality of its author. In this sonnet as in, for example, Sonnet 53 the beloved's beauty is compared to both a man's and a woman's.
The document has been in the collection at the British Library since its founding in and has often been consulted by scholars, but this is the first time the public will be able to examine it in detail. The manuscript itself is over years old and fragile, so digitisation really helps. Some 2, documents are now online, accompanied by background essays and other resources. Four million visitors have visited the site since its launch in One of the biggest attractions to date has been a late 16th-century play text calling for tolerance towards refugees.