Shakespeare was born… well, nobody actually knows, but it is gambled that he was truly born April 23, 1564. Due to the tiny Shakey being baptized on April 26 (of the same year). So little William Shakespeare was born right about here in England in the market medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon (Previously Strafford-on-Avon). Shakespeare was born during the Queen Elizabeth the I’s, aka the Virgin Queen’s rule, who, conveniently enough was super open to the expansion of art and theater. Unlike her predecessor Mary I, who was her sister, and commonly known as the “Bloody Mary”.
But back to William Shakespeare. He was in fact born to the glove maker & leather worker, John Shakespeare. His mother Mary Arden, aka Mary Shakespeare, who was daughter to a guy who had lots of lands. Mary gave birth to eight children. One of them being little Shakespeare, who dreamed of one day of being an actor. He was supposedly educated at the King’s new school, which was a free school. Because their parents weren’t very wealthy. He learned lots of good grammar skills and some Greeks mythology here. Amongst some other pretty rad things that will defiantly help him to become who he will be.
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So, after William Shakespeare was done with all the educational stuff and moved on. He met Anne Hathaway, who he was married to at 18, with her being 26. Some people were against it, but he got through relatively fast. After being married for a whopping six months, William fathered Susanna Shakespeare. And also had twins, Hammett and Judith, almost 2 years later. So, after the birth-of (not dead yet) Hammett and Judith Shakespeare went off to explore the world of England in the theatre department. so off he went, to somewhere nobody knows. Because nobody does know what actually happened to Shakespeare between 1585 & 1592.
Nonetheless, we can speculate that he was pumping-out and making magic and making great things. But even before that time, Shakespeare was an actor and a pretty decent one at most. He was found to be playing a crow on a pamphlet in London 1592. Conveniently enough though, it was found some of the work of the Shakespeare for being performed between 1590 and 1592. Including great works, you most certainly remember from your English class. Such as
Inconveniently enough, this nasty thing called the “Bubonic Plague” swept over London in 1593. And almost all the theaters closed down due to health precautions. Sadly, back then, they didn’t have this thing called hand soap, because it was found that this actually cured the bubonic plague. Ironically, nobody really bathed at the time, maybe once or twice a year. This time William Shakespeare sat and wrote some cool poems, including:
It’s also speculated during this, he started writing some neat stuff like lots of his sonnets. He wrote lots of these, but only 154 of them survived. A chunk of these written out in love to another man, and “The Dark Lady”. They’re… pretty cute and comical. During the plague, he mislaid his two sisters, Joan Margaret and Anne, & his brother Edmund. He mislaid his son Hamlet too during the time, but nobody knows this was because of the plague or what. Kind of Tragic.
Speaking of tragic, when we discuss about Shakespeare’s Golden Ages, there was nothing tragic about it, just what he mainly wrote were tragedies. And also, some Comedies here and there. So now that William Shakespeare an established actor and writer, he became a stockholder to the “Lord Chamberlain’s Men”. Which were essentially a collection of acting nerds who were pretty famous in London for the time. He (Shakespeare) was with these guys for rest of his acting career and often played for the “Virgin Queen” herself. Whether this would be his acting or intended for his plays. Mostly, his plays though don’t get confused.
In 1595, his more known plays were written, including
He somehow from this began bathing in wealth, because plays were actually equivalent to American football back in the day and bought very large house in the Stratford in 1597. For some lawful reason. Because he continued staying in London anyway. So, after all this, him (Shakespeare) and his smelly nerds established the Globe Theatre, on the outskirts of London, right about here. This is why people believe theater was a sin at that time because he was commonly deceitful and challenged many religious ideals. It was also said to be disease-ridden, due to many sickly people gathered here, even though people did the similar thing at churches. Which were in the center of London.
He also wrote Hamlet and Othello during this time. So, then King James came towards throne in 1606, and also, he was the pretty chill guy. He gave a special license to Shakespeare in the smelly men, Licensing them as “The King’s Men”. This is just the big status thing in London at that time, and it was seen as a pretty big thing. So now that the “Lord Chamberlain’s Men” were even more powerful and wealthier. Even more power and prosperity came to them when William Shakespeare wrote some more plays like:
Shakespeare slowly started to begin a little sick and began to die in 1616, which was 400-years-ago from today. Conveniently, and tragically enough on same day as his birthday. Shakespeare left the utmost of his goods and wealth to his daughters, and a bit went to his sister, theatrical partners, friends, the neighbor’s dog, and all the Poor in Stratford. As for his wife, she just got the mattress. He then died, leaving the world the high score of thirty-eight plays, one-fifty-four sonnets, and two poems. Many people at that time also tried bootlegging his work at selling it. It came to show that Hamlet was the most performed play in the world, if not the most performed plays of world (s). He runs the behind off a legacy that would be taught through high schools & theatre enthusiasts everywhere. And that’s a wrap.