Shakespeare and Elizabethan Culture
By Elizabeth Cook
Shakespeare was born on/near April 23rd 1564. Even though his actual birth wasn't recorded, he was baptized on April 26th 1564, which his family were always baptized three days after their birth. Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon, it was a small town, 103 miles west of London. On November 28th 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare was 18 and Anne was 26. They had three children, one daughter and two boys, who were twins. After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare disappeared for seven years. These days called "lost years". There have been many ideas of where he went, but nobody exactly knows what happened to him during that time. Shakespeare wrote many plays such as: Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and many more!
Elizabeth I became the Queen in 1558, which was six years before Shakespeare was born. Queen Elizabeth enjoyed Art and Theater, and many of England's greatest playwrights were active when she was queen, including, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and William Shakespeare. Professional theaters were built, attracting as many as 15,000 people per week. But when Queen Elizabeth died, King James I rose to power. He also enjoyed the Theater, Art, Learning, and he was also a writer himself. He had the bible translated from Latin to English so that people could study the language. But unfortunately King James I died in 1628, and his son Charles I ascended into the throne.