Shakespeare WAS bisexual it is revealed
Jan 8 2012 by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury
A TOP Shakespeare expert has branded the Midland bard bisexual – and said people should “get over it”.
The extraordinary claim by Professor Stanley Wells, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, comes after gay Hollywood actor Sir Ian McKellen questioned the playwright’s sexuality.
Sir Ian controversially claimed there was “no doubt” that William Shakespeare had sex with men. And Professor Wells has backed the Lord of the Rings star’s comments.
“Of course Sir Ian is by no means the first to say so,” said Prof Wells. “It goes back centuries, especially because some of Shakespeare’s sonnets are unquestionably addressed to a male.
“Shakespeare had three children so clearly was not wholly gay. But he may have loved men as well as women.
“As the T-shirt that Sir Ian sometimes wears says, ‘Some people are gay. Get over it’!”
McKellen said: “No doubt Shakespeare was gay. His predilection was evident from his works. Married, with children, he left his wife in Stratford to live in London. I’d say he slept with men.
“The Merchant of Venice centres on how the world treats gays as well as Jews, and has a love triangle between an older man, younger man and a woman.
“The complexity in his comedies with cross-dressing and disguises is immense. Shakespeare obviously enjoyed sex with men as well as women.”
Visits to the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon include a trip to the cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway.
Within six months of their marriage Anne gave birth to the couple’s first daughter in May 1583. Two years later they had twins Hamnet and Judith.
But those who believe Shakespeare is bisexual say they have found plenty of evidence in Shakespeare’s literary works to back up their claims – despite his marriage and children.
Rumours about Shakespeare’s alleged homosexuality have abounded since the nineteenth century, mostly because his sonnets are addressed to both a young man and a woman.
While the identity of the young man is hotly disputed by academics, there are enough clues in the famous collection of love poems for literary experts to suggest that he may have been interested in both men and women.
Those who believe the Bard to be bisexual also point to his play The Merchant of Venice and the relationship between the aging Antonio and his young companion Bassanio. There is also passion between men in Shakespreare’s Henry V.
Note there's nothing in here about the authorship controversy, but it is another example of rampant speculation about this playwright and what he was like. Note that people say there is "no doubt" he had sex with other men, while there is absolutely no explicit evidence to back up such a claim.
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