William Shakespeare

A revoloutionary theatrical play writer

A quick indroduction to the legend of literature

On April 26th 1564 in a London town named "Stratford-upon-Avon", the legend of literature and play righters was born. This legends name was William Shakespeare. William wrote 38 plays during his career which consisted of comedies, history, and tragedy.

Digging into William Shakespeare's personal life we see that Shakespeare married a women by the name of Ann Hathway. He had 3 three children with her, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died at the age of 11 for unknown causes.

Also on this webpage you will learn about the era he lived through and the several stages of the black plagues he managed to survive.

Shakespeares "Globe Theatre"

Shakespeare had a theatre opened in 1599 named The Globe theatre which was and still is located in London. The theatre had it's fair share of abuse throughout it's years of operation. It was shut down several times due to the black plague and it was burned down due to a canon misfire in 1613. It was later rebuilt in 1614 and was officially closed in 1642. Shakespeare has left the legacy of the globe theatre with us along with his fantastic literature that will never be equaled. His work has endured for over 400 years and will continue to be studied and taught for many years to come.

Some examples of Shakespeare's amazing work are King Henry V, Romeo, Juliet and As you like it. Each of these plays were in a separate category. King Henry was one of 10 plays in Shakespeare's history category. As you like it was one of 17 comedy plays that Shakespeare wrote. Romeo and Juliet was one of 10 tragedy plays he wrote.

Life in England during the Shakespearean era

Far from a Five star resort

Plague and refuse liter the streets

The era The living conditions of England were far from as clean and comfortable as we have it today. There was no drainage in the city, meaning that human waste had no way of leaving the city. The streets were littered with refuse, the stench was horrendous enough to make a man vomit, and severed heads were and the temple bar and London bridge.

Tagging along with the poor living conditions was the bubonic plague, otherwise known as "The black plague" or "Black death". This disease caused flesh to rot and turn black, it also created large painful black sores on ones flesh whom was infected with the virus. This disease caused the almost inevitable death of those who were infected. The infected would be locked in there home with other members of the family who also had black death. The homes of the infected were sealed from the outside, ensuring the people inside had no way out. People in the house were not left with but a spark of hope. The only thing they had to look forward to was a *watchman to bring them some supplies like food and water, through a small opening in their home. Because of this plague Shakespeare's "Globe Theatre" was shut down in 1593, 1603, and 1608.

This wretched disease was spread through fleas that had it. The fleas would piggy back on rats that traveled all throughout Europe.

Services and Occupations

A fletcher made and sold arrows. An apothecary was the equivalent of a pharmacist. They gave you over the counter drugs etc. If you required dental work to be done you would go to a barber surgeon. Lastly nurses weren't a doctors assistant in this era. Nurses would take care of infants and young children. Lastly a female servant was called a maid, will a male servant was called a groom.
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