William Shakespeare



April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, is where William Shakespeare was allegedly born. He started his life young, becoming a husband at the age of 18 to Anne Hathaway who was 26 on November 28, 1582. Shortly after, they had three kids; Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. Unfortunately, Hamnet died at the age of 11 on August 11, 1596. The Globe Theatre was established in London with the help of Shakespeare. 1613 The Globe Theatre was burnt down; cannons used to mark the kings entrance is what accidently caused the fire. Shakespeare leaves behind a legacy of bodies of work that will never again be equaled in western civilization when he died on April 23, 1616. This legacy has been endured for 400 years and is still a great legacy today.

Life in Elizabethan England

There were several service and occupations at this time available; arrows were sold and made by Fletcher, drugs would be given from the apothecary, dental hygiene was provided by a Barber Surgeon, and in your household nurses would take care of infants and young children. Masters and servants were also a big part of this time in history where a female servant was a maid and the mail equivalent was known as grooms. The head butler was referred to as the Steward. Life conditions in London were horrid. There was no drainage at all causing the fleet ditch to have such an odor to make a man throw up his gorge. The streets were also narrow, cobbled, and slipper with the slime of refuse due to the fact that most things were emptied out windows of homes.

Sickness in Elizabethan England

In the mid 1500's to the mid 1600's there was a disease known as the bubonic plague or the Black Death. Once someone had caught the virus, their entire family would be sealed in their homes; locked and bolted from the outside in. Victims of the Black Death were unable to leave and no one was permitted to entering. In order to receive food, they had to lower baskets from an upper window for the watchman to put some into it. The main way the disease was spread was the fleas that lived on rodents and animals were transmitted. Very serious outbreaks of the disease caused the Theatre to close on three occasions in 1593, 1603, and 1608.

William Shakespear Plays

Shakespeare composed multiple plays. There were three different themes to the plays; history, tragedy, and comedy. Ten different history plays were written including "King John". There were more comedy plays than anything with a total of 17 plays, one of them being "Winter's Tale". One of Shakespeare's most well known play is Romeo and Juliet, which is listed under the tragedy themes along with 9 other plays as well. All plays were well excruciated and are what made his legacy, a legacy.