William Shakespeare

His life and facts

The man who changed literature

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564- 23 April 1616) was an English play write, poet and actor, and is regarded as the most famous in history. Shakespeare was born and raised in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, with his parents John and Mary. He attended King's new school were he learnt Latin and grammar. He married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and had 3 children with her. After the birth of his children, Shakespeare's career began to pick up. He became a famous actor and writer, and also co-owned the Lord Chamberlains men, which was a famous play company of the time. He wrote many famous plays including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Henry V and King Lear. In the last 6 years of his life, Shakespeare did not write many plays. His last plays were in collaboration with John Fletcher, who would later succeed him as writer for The Lord Chamberlains men. Shakespeare left the bulk of his property to his eldest daughter, Susanna, in his will. He also left his second best bed and furniture to his wife! Shakespeare died in 1616 by his family's side. He has multiple memorials around England, even one in Westminster Abby.

Food in Shakespeare's time

Shakespeare insults

Shakespeare also created many new words and phrases, including: 'knock, knock. Who's there?', 'heart of gold', 'to be or not to be' and 'wild goose chase'. He also created many insults.

Here are some of of my own Shakespeare insults:

Thou fawning flap-mouthed harpy

Thou artless rump-fed scut

Thou yeasty unwashed toad

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