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1: Table of Contents | The Renaissance............................................................................ Pages 3-4 Contrasting Italy & England........................................................... Page 5 Shakespeare's Life........................................................................ Pages 6-9 Shakespeare's Career................................................................ Pages 10-12 The Language of Shakespeare....................................................... Page 13 Works Cited .....................................................................................Page 14

2: Geography: Mountains & hills in the North, fertile soil in the South. | Religion: Switched between Catholicism and Protestantism. | Achievements: Advances in the arts & technology, invention of the printing press, eyeglasses, and mechanical clocks.

3: Politics: The Tudor family was in possession of the throne, Elizabeth I as the queen. | Economy: Prosperous, focusing on wool and livestock. | Social: A social hierarchy based upon the amount of land that one owned.

4: The Italian and English Renaissances | Though England and Italy are in close proximity to each other, their golden ages resulted in different advances. The English Renaissance is recognized for the new technology that emerged. Inventions that are still used today such as the mechanical clock, eyeglasses, and the printing press made their debut during the 14th and 15th centuries. The Italian Renaissance was an explosion of art. World renowned artists such as Michaelangelo and Leonardo Di Vinci lived and worked during the Italian Renaissance. Advances in painting, sculpture, and glass blowing during that time are still iconic to Italian culture. The most famous pieces of art such as Michaelangelo's work on the Sistine Chapel and Di Vinci's famous "Mona Lisa".

6: So, who was Shakespeare anyway? | William Shakespeare | Born: April 23, 1564 Died: April 23, 1616 | Known primarily as an extraordinary poet and playwright of the English Renaissance

7: William's Life | William was born to John and Mary Shakespeare; the third of eight children. His family was wealthy and William was able to attend school where he learned about religion, poetry and grammar. He moved to London from his town of Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1579 where he met Anne Hathaway. They were hastily married in 1582 due to a pregnancy out of wedlock.

8: Anne and William had three children. Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith

9: "Good Friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here: Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones."

10: Career | Shakespeare's writing career consisted of thirty-seven renowned plays and various other poetry pieces. Some of the famed plays are "Romeo and Juliet", "Hamlet", and "As You Like It".

11: William had an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men; later changed to The King's Men. They preformed his comedies and tragedies at the famed Globe Theater outside of London. The Globe Theater was a circular, open-air theater that accommodated a large audience. Shakespeare owned it with Cuthbert Burbage.

12: Romeo & Juliet... Hamlet... As You Like It... Othello... Macbeth... Two Gentlemen of Verona... The Tempest... Merchant of Venice... Julius Caesar... Comedy of Errors... Antony and Cleopatra... Henry VII... A Midsummer Night's Dream... All's Well That Ends Well... Winter's Tale... Much Ado About Nothing... Pericles... Love's Labour's Lost... Taming of the Shrew... Merry Wives of Windsor... Titus Andronicus... Twelfth Night... Cymbeline... Coriolanus... King Lear... Timon of Athens... Troilus and Cressida... Henry IV, Part I... Henry IV, Part II...Henry V... Henry VI, Part III... Richard II... Richard III... Measure for Measure...

13: The Language of Shakespeare | Art = Are Coz = Cousin Hark you = Listen Knave = Young, naive 'Tis = It is Ne'er = Never Oft = Often O'er = Over E'er = Ever Marry = Indeed Wherefore = Why Hither = Here | Fear Not!

14: Works Cited | Anguissola, Sofonisba. Tre Bambini Con Cane. 16th Century. Oil painting. england_map2. N.d. JPG file. http://www.mymedievalengland.com/images/stories/england_map2.jpg Italy 1494. N.d. JPG file. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/shepherd/italy_1494_shepherd.jpg Shakespeare-Cartoon. 2002. stephenhicks.org. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Taylor, John. Chandos Portrait. 15th Century. shakespeare.mit.edu. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Unknown. Shakespeare-Shades. 12 May 2011. JPG file.

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