Was Jane Shaxspere the inspiration for Ophelia?

In Hamlet, the melancholy Ophelia drowns while picking flowers. Now a new study of accidental deaths in Tudor England may find a real-life link to Shakespeare's tragic heroine.

In 1569, two-year-old Jane Shaxspere, possibly a cousin of the playwright, drowned while picking flowers near a pond. Steven Gunn, of Oxford University's Faculty of History, who leads the new study, found the possible connection "tantalising."

Other accidental deaths in the study might have easily inspired the Monty Python team.