The Life of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare or "The Bard," was poet that lived during the 15th and 16th century's BC. His work is still studied today, a thousand of years later.

William Shakespeare was born on April.23, 1564, at Stratford on Avon , an English village. He was christened three days after his birth. His father, John Shakespeare was a prosperous glove maker of the working class, his mother, Mary Arden was of the noble class. William was the third of eight children in the Shakespeare family. Though his father, couldn't read or write William was able to go to grammar school for free because of his father's place in society. During his school years he liked to play sports. By the time William was eighteen, his school years were long gone and was already married.

He had married a woman eight years older than him her name was Anne Hathaway. They were married in November 1582.

Their first child was a girl named Susanna in May 1952, and she was christened April.26. They then had twins, Hamnet and Judith in 1585 they were christened in February. By 1592 he was an established actor in London.

He performed at the Black Fryers and the Globe Theatre in front of Nobility as well as the lower classes. Most people in the audience's were illiterate When the Black Plague came, it wiped out one third of the population. During the time of the plague was when William started writing plays, his career began with historical fiction. Between 1590-1593 he wrote Henry the 6th parts 1,2, and 3. Between 1594-1595 he wrote Romeo and Juliet. When his son, Hamnet died of a fever at the age of 11, The Bard started writing darker plays such as Julius Caesar and Macbeth. In total Shakespeare wrote 37 plays, he...