|Richard Burton as Petruchio|
However, there are many characters whose names Shakespeare invented himself. For example, he invented the names Othello, Shylock, Malvolio. I have solved the meaning behind those names, and now I would like to show you what the name Petruchio means.
Where did Shakespeare get the name Petruchio? I have not found a single theory behind the name.
Recently I came across an Italian man who was very well known to Queen Elizabeth, and he may have been the inspiration for the character of Petruchio — which is also commonly spelled Petruccio, as in the Arden edition of the play, for example.
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Christmastide, William Sandys
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