William Shakespeare is the world's best-loved playwright. His work is performed all over the globe and his life still tantalises us with its mysteries. The man who created classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth lived in the most turbulent yet thrilling era of English history. Shakespeare witnessed the flowering of English Renaissance drama and the construction of iconic playhouses such as The Globe. He also lived through the type of political and religious tensions which could see traitors executed on another type of public stage - the hangman's scaffold.
William Shakespeare in 100 Facts guides us through the lesser-known stories surrounding the `Sweet Swan of Avon'. Zoe Bramley invites us to re-examine what we know about Shakespeare, uncovering details from his lifetime and legacy and organising them into easy-to-read, bitesize facts. Be prepared to have myths busted and quirky facts revealed, from the name of his first patron's cat to how they say `to be or not to be' in Klingon.
Zoe Bramley's love of Shakespeare truly began after a trip to The Globe in 2005, where she soon became a volunteer steward. After three seasons she decided to train as a City of London Tour Guide in order to indulge her passion for local history and to do what she loves best - talking about Shakespeare. She is also a regular contributor to Shakespeare Magazine. Zoe launched the Shakespeare Trail in 2010 as a guided walk in the City, which eventually evolved into a book. She lives in London.