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All About Shakespeare

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Birth: (unknown)Baptised: 26 April, 1564Death: April 23, 1616Birth location: Stratford-upon-Avon, United KingdomDeath location: Stratford-upon-Avon, United KingdomNickname: "Bard of Avon" "Swan of Avon" "The Bard" Fun FactOne of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I


Shakespeare died at the same place he was born: Stratford-Upon-Avon. The cause of his death is a mystery, but a line of an unknown person states: "Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted." His grave is at Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the Epitaph on his grave proclaims: "Good friend for Jesus's sake forbear / to dig the dust enclosed here / blessed be the man that spares these stones / and cursed be he who moves my bones"

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All AboutShakespeareBy Charlotte Chen, Liam O'Driscoll, Isabelle Pomfret, and Adrian Wong Y08C


23 April 1564 - Shakespeare is born in Stratford upon Avon on St George's Day 27 November 1582- Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway aged 1826 May 1583 - Shakespeare's first daughter Susanna Shakespeare is born2 February 1585 - The twins, girl Judith and boy Hamnet were born1585 to 1592 - Historians are unsure of Shakespeare's whereabouts for these seven years which are known as the Lost Years1592 - Shakespeare left his wife and children to join the company known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and began writing his earliest plays, the first to be performed were historical dramas; Henry VI parts 1,2 and 31593 - London is hit by the bubonic plague and the theatre is shut down for a year, Shakespeare focuses on writing poetry and sonnets which were quite popular 1596 - Bought New Place as a new family play

William's Life

There was a seven year period where historians were unsure of what he was doing. Known as the lost years many theories have surfaced about this time.He had atrocious spelling.He married Anne Hathaway at age 18 and had three children; Susanna, Hamnet and Judith.Hamnet died at the age of 11.Wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 long narrative poemsBetween 1585 and 1592 he part owned the theatre company the King's Chamberlain's MenHe retired at the age of 49 after writing The Tempest and died 3 years laterThere are few sources about Shakespeare's private lifeSon of John Shakespeare (glove maker) and Mary Arden.Estimated birth day is St George's Day 26 April 1564 and died on the same day 52 years laterHe was a child of eight siblings, but He was the eldest male surviving child although he was the third childEducated at Kings New School in Stratford - a free schoolIn 1596 bought New Place as a new family homeBubonic plague closed down theaters from 1603 to 1610, with 60 months of closureNo one knows how Shakespeare diedHis line ended with the lack of children from his granddaughterLeft Anne his 2nd best bed... Much speculationHis house became a museumBuried in the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptised

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HamletRomeo and JulietOthelloA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Taming of the ShrewThe TempestKing LearMacbethAll's Well That Ends WellThe Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare made many contributions to English Literature and one of the ones that affects us every day is his contribution to the English language. Shakespeare is responsible for coining about 1,700 of the English words found in our 25,000 word-long English vocabulary

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