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[Perspectives] Sharp physic

The quiet, limewashed rooms of Hall’s Croft seem centuries away from the dusty tourist bustle of Stratford-upon-Avon and its Shakespeare industry. This Jacobean townhouse has had many remarkable owners—not least Marie Corelli, author of the Edwardian pulp-fiction classic The Sorrows of Satan—but its fame rests on its first occupants. In 1607 Susanna Shakespeare, William’s daughter, married the Cambridge-educated physician John Hall, and in 1613 they moved into the house Hall had built for his family.