10. Shakespeare scholars believe the sonnets were addressed to Henry Wriothsley
(pronounced 'Risely'), a young English nobleman who may have been an early patron of Shakespeare's. It is believed that the Wriothsley family commissioned Will to write the sonnets as a way of encouraging the young man to quit chasing girls (and boys, too, evidently) and settle down and get married. There is some compelling evidence for this hypothesis, but no real proof. All that is known for sure is that the sonnets were written by a slightly older man (possible Shakespeare) to a handsome younger man (possible Henry Wriothsley), encouraging him to find a woman to marry.