By Robert Bearman
'Shakespeare's cash' explores what archival documents can show approximately Shakespeare's monetary and social good fortune, laying off gentle on how he increased his kinfolk from lowly prestige to minor gentry and the way fiscal matters have been ever found in his day-by-day life.
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77 On the other hand, Ann, daughter of Richard Hathaway, on the evidence of her age at death, was twenty-six, eight years older than William. She was also pregnant (she gave birth to her first child in May 1583) and fatherless (Richard had died the previous September). Though not penniless—her father, in his will, had arranged a marriage portion for her of £6 13s. 78 This does not mean that Shakespeare’s marriage was not a love match, but, given its far from typical characteristics, one is left wondering whether it would ever have taken place had Shakespeare not made Ann Hathaway pregnant.
20 His closer association as an actor with one of the playing companies, even as a hired man, was therefore, financially speaking, probably more important to him. This would suggest in turn that he would have written for that same company too: otherwise, he would in effect have been freelancing to the benefit of potential rivals. Given that the corpus of Strange’s Men went on to form the Chamberlain’s, Shakespeare’s link with them may at first sight be proposed with some degree of confidence. On the other hand, the close link between Pembroke’s Men and at least four of Shakespeare’s early plays, as discussed above (pp.
His other role as an actor, even at the level of a hired man, would naturally have led him to write for the benefit of the company that was offering him regular employment: indeed, this might even have been expected of him. Fixing on a likely company has, however, proved very difficult. Before 1594, when Shakespeare emerges as a sharer in the newly formed Chamberlain’s Men, the only evidence we have is to be found on title pages of editions of plays later regarded, at least in part, as his work, which name the companies that had staged them.