The biography of William Shakespeare.
On April 23rd 1564 (original D.O.B isn't known), in the city of Stratford-apon-avon in the United Kingdom, William Shakespeare was born. His father had previously worked as a farmer but in 1551 he moved to Stratford to set up business trading wool, malt and corn. He obviously became quite good with all of his various interests as he purchased a houe in Green hill Street, Stratford in 1552, five years before he married Shakespeares mother, Mary.
Although it isn't certain, most biograghers agree that Shakespeare was most likely educated at 'King's New School' within Stratford, it was a free school about a quarter-mile from his house. Shakespeare would have been taught grammer that was based apon Latin classical authors.
Marriage and Children
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. They were granted a marriage licence by the Bishop of Worcester, they married at Temple Grafton (a village approximatly 8 km from Stratford. Six months after the wedding, in May 1583, Anne and William became parents of Susanna, the reason they married very quickly. Following their older sister two years later cam twins, son Hamney and daughter Judith.
Shakespeare as a Playwright. (1592 - 1610)
- By 1592, Shakespeare was famous enough in the London theater scene to make someone really, really jealous.
- Robert Greene said he was an 'Upstart Crow' because he was furious that this 'nobody' could make a splash in their waters.
- In 1594, the theaters reopened. Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlains Men.
- Shakespeare also purchased shares in the company, making him a manager and co-owner.
- He made many plays during this time period including the famous 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'Julius Ceaser'.
- He conducted these plays within the Globe theatre.
The Death of Shakespeare
Shakespeare's death at the age of fifty-two will almost surely remain a mystery.(Although there is an entry in the diary of John Ward, saying that Shakespeare had contracted a fever) We do know, however, that in a world where plague, smallpox, malaria, dysentery and toothaches shortened a Londoner's life expectancy to thirty-five years, Shakespeare fared quite well, leading a relatively long and healthy life.
There is also no living decendents of Shakespeare living today.