So I’m reading Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove. In it he has oddball moments with Will Shakespeare that seem non-germane to the plot.
And it got me thinking. Turtledove’s got a doctorate in history. He’s done that sort of hardcore research that provides verisimulitude to his books. Maybe some of those incidents he puts in (being jeered by the audience, performing plays by Dekker, etc) are real events mentioned in the historical record somewhere.
So what’s the deal? Do we have any anecdotal evidence of Shakespeare and Burbage and Kemp other than administrative records such as birth and death and marriage and such? Any contemporary accounts of his life from those who’d seen his plays on stage?