Shakespeare in his study at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; and a book he may mave kept here - A Mervaylous Discourse upon Katherine de Medici.

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 too.

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.

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