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ELIZABETHAN ERA. Elizabethan England. English History Links | Home The age of Shakespeare was a great time in English history.

Elizabethan England

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) saw England emerge as the leading naval and commercial power of the Western world. England consolidated its position with the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, and Elizabeth firmly established the Church of England begun by her father, King Henry VIII (following Henry's dispute with the Pope over having his first marriage annulled). Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world and became the most celebrated English sea captain of his generation. Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh sent colonists eastward in search of profit. At this time, London was the heart of England, reflecting all the vibrant qualities of the Elizabethan Age. London in the 16th century underwent a transformation. In the 1580s, the writings of the University Wits (Marlowe, Greene, Lyly, Kyd, and Peele) defined the London theatre.

English History Links British History Online St. William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's life. Early life[edit] William Shakespeare [4] was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town of around 1,500 residents about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of London.

Shakespeare's life

The town was a centre for the slaughter, marketing, and distribution of sheep, as well as for hide tanning and wool trading. The exact date of his birth is not known but has been traditionally taken to be April 23, 1564, which is also the Feast Day of Saint George, the patron saint of England. Shakespeare's baptismal record was dated 26 April 1564. He was the first son and the first surviving child in the family; two earlier children, Joan and Margaret, had died early.[5] He was the son of John Shakespeare, a successful glover originally from Snitterfield, and of Mary Arden, a daughter of the gentry.

Before being allowed to perform for the general public, touring playing companies were required to present their play before the town council to be licensed. Education[edit] Marriage[edit] Lost years[edit] BBC History - William Shakespeare. Fast facts about Shakespeare. Basic facts about William Shakespeare, his life, his plays and the quartos - William Shakespeare in quarto. Who was William Shakespeare?

Basic facts about William Shakespeare, his life, his plays and the quartos - William Shakespeare in quarto

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. Very little is known about his life, but by 1592 he was in London working as an actor and a dramatist. Between about 1590 and 1613, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more. Many of these plays were very successful both at court and in the public playhouses. William Shakespeare Timeline of Important Dates. Timeline Apr 23, 1564 The Bard Is Born William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare Timeline of Important Dates

The fourth of the Shakespeares' eight children shares a birthday with St. Biography. William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time.


Synopsis William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. From roughly 1594 onward he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players. Written records give little indication of the way in which Shakespeare’s professional life molded his artistry. All that can be deduced is that over the course of 20 years, Shakespeare wrote plays that capture the complete range of human emotion and conflict. Mysterious Origins. William Shakespeare. 100 Facts About William Shakespeare. Biography: William Shakespeare for Kids. Biography Occupation: Playwright, actor and poet Born: April 26, 1564 baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (likely born on April 23rd) Died: April 23, 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England Best known for: Writing plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and MacbethBiography: Early Life Very little is known about William Shakespeare's childhood.

Biography: William Shakespeare for Kids

He was born in the English city of Stratford-upon-Avon about 100 miles northwest of London in 1564. William's father was a successful leather merchant who once held the public position of alderman. He was the third of six children including two older sisters and three younger brothers. Growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon William lived in a house with his big family on Henley Street. When William turned eighteen he married Anne Hathaway. London and the Lost Years After William and Anne had the twins, there are no records of the next several years of his life.

Lord Chamberlain's Men William was part of an acting company called Lord Chamberlain's Men. William Shakespeare Biography for Kids – To be or not to be « William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England on April 23, 1564.

William Shakespeare Biography for Kids – To be or not to be «

He most likely attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford, where he learned Latin grammar and literature. In 1582, he married 26 year-old Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. In 1583, William’s first child, Susanna was born. In 1585, he had twins, Hamlet and Judith. Between 1589 and 1590, William is believed to have written his first play, Henry VIII (part I). By 1592, William had begun a career as a playwright in London.

After writing Julius Caesar in 1599, Shakespeare is thought to have written Hamlet, historically thought of as his greatest masterpiece. To be or not to be, that is the question — Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing, end them. Shakespeare for Kids. Shakespeare FAQs - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Shakespeare Facts We are often asked about the many interesting facts about Shakespeare and his life in Tudor England, so here we have compiled a set of answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Shakespeare FAQs - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

To delve a little deeper, visit our Students and Enthusiasts page. Shakespeare's Life and Works What year was Shakespeare born? Read More Read Less. Primary History - Famous People - William Shakespeare. The Life & Times of William Shakespeare.