BBC News – Tudor coroners’ records give clue to ‘real Ophelia’ for Shakespeare
An Oxford historian has found evidence of a story that could be the real-life inspiration for Shakespeare’s tragic character, Ophelia. Dr Steven Gunn has found a coroner’s report into the drowning of a Jane Shaxspere in 1569. The girl, possibly a young cousin of William Shakespeare, had been picking flowers when she fell into a millpond near Stratford upon Avon. Dr Gunn says there are “tantalising” links to Ophelia’s drowning in Hamlet. A four-year research project, carried out by Oxford University academics, has been searching through 16th century coroners‘ reports.
Ophelia’s Death, from the Olivier film version of Hamlet.
Strange Random Hamlet Quote:
Lay her i’ the earth:
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring!
– Laertes, Act V, scene I
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