A book of Shakespeare's own?
After Shakespeare died
in 1616, his daughter Susanna Hall inherited his house at
New Place. Most of her father's old belongings followed
This book might have been
one of them. It is about the French queen consort Catherine
de Medici. Years later, it was Susanna's to give away.
A Latin inscription at the
top of the title-page tells us that she gave it to a courtier
in 1643, when Charles I's queen
Henrietta Maria stayed at New Place, the family home.