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William Shakespeare: An Introduction to his Life and Times

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1: Dedication This book is dedicated to the hardworking English teachers who love to teach about William Shakespeare. ~Sarah Hadley

2: William Shakespeare was born in the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

3: His suspected birthday is April 23, 1564. He was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare.

4: Shakespeare lived in his birthplace even after he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. He inherited the house when his

5: father died. John Shakespeare bought the house in 1556. It reflected his affluence. John Shakespeare was a glover (references to gloves in Hamlet), a wool dealer, and a bailiff. Shakespeare's birthplace can be visited today. Much of the furniture is from the time period, and there is a glover's workshop to reflect one of John Shakespeare's professions..

6: Mary Arden, Shakespeare's mother, was the daughter of Robert Arden, a prominent farmer in Stratford. Mary lived in her parents'

7: home until she married John in 1557. Today, her homestead is a working farm, which features plants and birds referenced in his works.

8: Shakespeare was educated at the Stratford grammar school, where he gained knowledge of Latin language and literature.

9: Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and she was 26, in 1582. | Will and Anne had three children: Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet.

10: "By 1594 [Shakespeare] was established as an actor and a playwright and had joined the Lord Chamberlain's Company" ("Shakespeare in London").

11: Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre was built in 1599. It was destroyed by fire in 1613. It was rebuilt but closed in 1642. The Globe Theatre today is a replica that opened in 1997. It has a thatched roof, an area for groundlings, and wooden benches in the balconies - not too comfortable for today's audiences.

12: The original Globe Theatre was built from timbers from the Theatre, the first indoor theatre in England.

13: The timbers of the Theatre were carried over the Thames because the rent at the Theatre was too high. The Theatre was located in Southwark, along with three other theatres. This area "was notorious for the inns, bearbaiting pits, and stews (brothels) that lined its narrow streets" ("Shakespeare in London").

15: The two monarchs who lived during William Shakespeare's lifetime were Elizabeth I and James I. When James I ascend the throne in 1603, he became patron of Shakespeare's acting troupe. The acting troupe became known as the King's Men..

16: Shakespeare lived in London until he retired to Stratford-upon-Avon between 1611 and 1613, the year the original Globe was destroyed.

17: Shakespeare purchased New Place in 1597. Not only was it one of the largest houses in Stratford, but it also had two gardens and two orchards. It is here where Shakespeare retired. Juxtaposed with New Place is Nash's House, the man who married Shakespeare's granddaughter, the last direct descendant.

18: Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, in Stratford-upon-Avon.

19: Shakespeare was baptized, married, and buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Visitors today can see his grave and memorial.

21: The epitaph on Shakespeare's grave is "Good frend for jesus sake forbeare, to digg the dust encloased heare. Blese be the man that spares these stones, and curst be he that moves my bones."

22: Theatre Today

24: Shakespeare is alive in England!

26: Sources | The images used in this Mixbook were taken during my trips to England in 2004 and 2006 with the exception of the pictures of the monarchs.

27: Elizabeth I Image: http://nwghost.com/uaist361673s08/venezia/QEI/QEIleadership.html James I Image: http://www.shafe.co.uk/art/early_stuart_04_-_henry_prince_of_wales.asp

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