By: Kylee Wimmer

Shakespeare's Early Life

William Shakespeare was born around the time of April 23, 1564 to John and Mary Shakespeare. He was the oldest of five, and lived the longest. He had three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard, and Edmund. He also had two younger sisters, Anne, who died at the age of seven, and Joan. Shakespeare's dad was a Leatherworker, while his mom stayed at home with the family. Shakespeare was born in a busy town about 100 miles northwest of London called, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Elizabethan Art/Culture

Elizabeth I became queen of England in 1558. During her rule, learning and literature thrived in London. She was very fond of the Theater and built professional theaters in England for the first time. In London, these theaters attracted about 15,000 theatergoers per week. The four main theaters built were the Globe Theatre, the Swan, the Rose, and the Hope. Queen Elizabehth was a big supporter of Shakespeare and had a huge influence on the Theater in England.

Other Popular Playwrights of Shakespeare's Time

Some other famous Playwrights during the time of Shakespeare include:

* Christopher Marlow

* Francis Beaumont

* John Fletcher

* Thomas Middleton

* Thomas Kyd

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves" -William Shakespeare