Shakespeare: the historians’ view

When did the actor, playwright and poet find fame? Was his marriage happy? How did he learn, write and die? And is there really any doubt that he was the author of the 'Shakespeare' plays? On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, a panel of experts address the big questions about the life and work of England's best-known scribe

A portrait of William Shakespeare

This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine

The panel

Michael Dobson is director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (OUP, 2015)

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