Was Shakespeare writing from personal experience as a teacher when he described a whining boy ‘…creeping like a snail unwillingly to school’?!
A historian is claiming that William Shakespeare may have spent several years working as a schoolmaster in a Hampshire village, the BBC reports.
There has always been a mystery about where Shakespeare spent the years between 1589 and 1592, when he was recorded as being in London. Now Ken Groves, a local historian, says that a house near Titchfield Abbey, known as Place House Cottage, was a schoolhouse at the time. The house was owned by the aristocratic Wriothesley family – and at the time Shakespeare was being sponsored by Henry Wriothesley, the third Earl of Southampton.
According to Ken all that, combined with a claim from John Aubrey, the 17th century writer, that Shakespeare worked as a schoolmaster, proves it: “All we are doing is putting the pieces of a jigsaw together,” Ken said, “We have a school that was there at the right time, which had a connection with one of the earls who we know Shakespeare had a connection with. And we have the written evidence in Brief Lives that Shakespeare was a teacher.”
But Professor Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute, thinks it’s unlikely that Shakespeare spent much time in Hampshire: “When Shakespeare pops up in London in 1592, he’s already an up and coming playwright,” he said.
Could the Bard have been a teacher – and would his pupils have benefited if he was?!