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Grace Elliot
July 27th, 2011, 12:26 PM
BIZARRE TUDOR DEATHS – new blog post from GRACE ELLIOT<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/2011/07/bizarre-tudor-deaths.html (http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/2011/07/bizarre-tudor-deaths.html)<o:p></o:p>
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Recently, I read about the fascinating work of Dr Steve Gunn, from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oxford</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>’s faculty of history. Dr Gunn researches Tudor Coroners’ Reports to look into causes of death in the 16<SUP>th</SUP> century. One such example found during his research was a reference to the drowning of:
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“a Jane Shaxspere drowned aged two-and-a-half while picking corn marigolds 20 miles from <st1:place w:st="on">Stratford-upon-Avon</st1:place> in 1569. Shakespeare was then about five.”

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With such an unusual surname it seems likely the drowned girl and William Shakespeare were cousins, which raised the intriguing question of whether Jane Shaxspere became the inspiration for Ophelia, the tragic heroine in ‘Hamlet.’

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