The Life of the Famous William Shakespeare

Drayton Harvey-
The Children of William Shakespeare:

Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway had three children total. They first had a daughter, Susanna, who was born six months after Anne and Shakespeare were married, May 1583. After Susanna was born Anne gave birth to twins Hamnet and Judith. The twins were born in 1585
Susanna Shakespeare:

  • Baptized at Stratford Parish Curch on May 26th, 1583
  • No Education
  • Named a recusant (someone who refuses to obey an established authority) for not attending an Easter Day Church service in 1606
  • Married to Dr. John Hall on June 5th, 1607
  • Appointed executor of William's will along with her husband
  • Travelled to London on business concerning Stratford tithes
  • Gave birth to Elizabeth in February, 1608
  • Shakespeare left most of his fortune to Susanna
  • Elizabeth married twice (first husband died) and became Lady Elizabeth Bernard
  • Elizabeth bore no children
Hamnet Shakespeare:
  • Born 1585
  • Baptized at Stratford Parish Church on February 2nd, 1585
  • Raised in his grandfather's house by his mother
  • No education
  • Died at age 11 from the Black Plague
  • Buried on August 11, 1596
Judith Shakespeare:
  • Born 1585
  • Baptized at Stratford Parish Church on February 2nd, 1585
  • No education
  • Judith married Richard Quiney, a vinter and tavern owner, on February 10, 1616
  • Richard Quiney got another girl pregnet during Judith and his engagement
  • Quiney was found to not have a special licence to marry during lent
  • March 12, 1616 Judith and Richard are excommunicate
  • Received a sum of money equal to 300 euros
  • Quiney is prosecuted for carnal copulation on March 26, 1616
  • Gave birth to Shakespeare Quiney in November 1616 (he died at the age of six months)
  • Gave birth to Richard Quiney in October 1617 (died at age 21; possible cause could be the plague)
  • Gave birth to Thomas Quiney in January 1619 (died during the same month as his brother at age 19)
  • No children from Judith survived
Citation Info

Shakspeare's Early Life
Dallin Webb

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, which is about 100 mile northwest of London. He was born in April of 1564, but his actual birthdate isn't known. It is known that he was baptized on April 26 of his birthyear. Below is proof of this because it is in the parish register of Stratford's Holy Trinity Church.

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Many assume that his birthday was on the 23rd mostly because it was costomary to have baptisms three days after birth, and also because he died on April 23rd of 1616. This is a picture of his birthplace in Stratford.
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Shakespeare's parents had eight children:

§ Joan (born 1558, died in infancy)
§ Margaret (1562–1563)
§ William (himself, 1564–1616)
§ Gilbert (1566–1612)
§ Joan (1569–1646)
§ Anne (1571–1579)
§ Richard (1574–1613)
§ Edmund (1580–1607).
Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Shakespeare.
John was a local businessman: a glove maker who owned a leather shop. He was a well-known and much respected man holding several important local governmental positions. William loved to watch his father work and a glove maker was actually one of his later occupations. His mother, Mary, was the daughter of a local farmer, but she was related to a family of considerable wealth and social standing. William attended King Edward VI Grammar School in central Stratford. Here he learned Latin grammar, Latin plays, and literature. This provided an intense education for him. Here he started his literary journey that would last for the rest of his life.

Shakespeare’s Jobs
: By Hayley Armstrong

Some of Shakespeare’s early jobs were…
· Glove maker
· Worked different jobs in the theater
These early jobs were jobs in which Shakespeare did not make much of a living. He was not actually an official glove maker, but his father was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. Shakespeare would help his father out in the shop. One of Shakespeare’s jobs at the theater was to hold people’s horses at the door of the theater while they were watching the performance. Many people believe that Shakespeare could have been a butcher, a law clerk, a schoolmaster, a gardener, a trader in commodities, a publisher, or a soldier because he knew so much about them in his plays and poems.

Shakespeare’s main jobs were…
· Playwright:
In 1586, Shakespeare headed to London where there was already an established community of playwrights. Shakespeare soon became famous and received a fortune from his plays. In 1598, Shakespeare became ten percent owner of a new theater in London, the famous Globe Theatre. Shakespeare wrote thirty eight plays in all and he made most of his money on his plays.

· Actor:
Shakespeare also was an actor before he became a well-known playwright. Shakespeare was trying to become a playwright and other playwrights were warned about him. Shakespeare’s baldness was said to make him look distinguished on stage. He spent most of his time with other actors. Shakespeare was involved in all parts of his plays. Some people were jealous of Shakespeare’s ability to both write and act.

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Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. He spent more time on his poetry during the times that the theaters were shut down because of the plague. Shakespeare’s poems had many different feelings to them. His poems could be romantic or harsh, innocent or self-delusive, and happy or fatal. Shakespeare didn’t make much money on his poems.
Shakespeare earned most of his living on the numerous plays he wrote. Once he became more famous, he began to earn greater amounts of money for his plays. Shakespeare earned himself quite a fortune, and he purchased the second largest house in Stratford, which he called the New Place. He also began to buy up land around Stratford.
Shakespeare led a theatrical life. He was always interested in things that were involved with the theatre. He seemed to be a very creative person because the jobs he was most interested in had a creative aspect to them. Shakespeare was very witty in his writing style and had an expansive vocabulary which helped him in creating his plays. Because of his acting experience, he had a sense of what would be appealing to the audience and what would work best on stage. Shakespeare is still considered one of the best playwrights of all time, and he has left a lasting effect on the theatrical world.

Who was Ann Hathaway? Find out about Shakespeare's marriage to her. Katie Lutz :)

Ann was born in 1556 in a small villiage called Shottery (only a mile away from Stratford.) Her father's name was Richard Hathaway, he owned a smalll farm called, " Richard Hathaway's farm."
Ann was the eldest of eight childern. Ann never got any proper schooling, she was taught at home how to be a proper lady and wife. Richard died in 1581, leaving the farm to his childern. It than was named, " Ann Hathaway's cottage." Since the city of Stratford was only a mile away, Ann visited it frequently. William Shakespeare was living there at the time, and that's where Ann first met William. She was twenty- six and William being only eighteen. They were eight years difference in age. William and Ann were married in November 27, 1582. They were married in a villiage five miles away from Stratford. The village was called Temple Grafton. Weddings back than had no invations, being such a small town, people just simply showed up. Shortly after the wedding, Ann moved to Henley street, Stratford to be with William. Six months after their marriage, Ann had their first child. ( Susanna Shakespeare.) Than two years after Susanna, Ann had twins. (Hamnet and Judith.) Between 1585 and 1592, William left for London. Ann stayed at home with the kids, at this time William was starting to have sucess at becoming a poet. William would visit Ann and the children occassionally. William's career was hurting there marriage tremendously. William was becoming very succesful with his plays and poetry. While Ann was at home with the childern. Than in 1596, Hamlet died, at the young age of eleven. With all the money William was making he bought a bigger house for Ann in Straford. Ann never left there. Ann ended up dying as a widow in 1623. She was sixty- seven.
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Time line of Ann's life:

1556 Birth of Ann Hathaway
1564 Birth of William Shakespeare, he was baptised April 26 1564
1582 November 27, A marriage licence was granted by John Whitgift. For Ann and William.
1583 May 26, The baptism of Susanna Shakespeare in Stratford Parish Church Susanna was Ann and William's first child, born six months after the wedding of her parents.
1585 Ann and William's twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare, were born
1585 February 2, The baptism of Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare in Stratford Parish Church
1596 August 11, Hamnet Shakespeare died, possibly from the plague, at the age of eleven. He was buried in Stratford
1597 May 4, William Shakespeare purchased New Place, the second largest house in Stratford for $60.
1598 William Shakespeare is mentioned as "a principal comedian."
1598 Shakespeare and other members of the company financed the building of the Globe Theatre
1602 May 1, Shakespeare buys land in Stratford for $320
1607 June 5, Marriage of Ann and William's daughter Susanna to Dr. John Hall
1616 February 10th - Marriage of Ann and William's daughter Judith to Thomas Quiney
1616 March 12th Judith and Thomas are excommunicated 1616 April 23, William Shakespeare dies
1616 April 25, Burial of William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
1616 November - Shakespeare Quiney, Judith Quiney's son ( Ann and William Shakespeare's grandson) was born
1617 May - Shakespeare Quiney, grandson, dies just six months old
1617 October - Richard Quiney, grandson, was born
1619 January - Thomas Quiney, grandson, was born
1623 August 6, Ann Hathaway, dies at the age of sixty-seven and is buried next
to William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford

Startford Upon Avon

By Madison Jones

Stratford upon Avon is where Shakespeare spent the first 18 years of his life. He was born in a house in Henley Street. This was where he learned all the skills that helped him in acting, playwriting, and poetry. Exploring this town can give you a better idea of Shakespeare and his works.

Today, Stratford Upon Avon is a huge tourist attraction. People come from all over the world to explore Shakespeare’s birthplace. They visit his original house and theater. It is a pleasant trip to explore the depth of England and its theatrical history. They visit Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Henley Street, and Stratford-upon-Avon Holy Trinity Church.
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This is the Royal Shakespeare Theater.

What was Stratford on Avon Like in the 1500’s?
It was a small county town in Warwickshire. It was barely bigger than a village. The weekly market was a big event. The law was decided by the Justice of the Peace. The only crime that occured was the unemployed and poor stealing to survive. Families in Stratford on Avon stayed there for many generations. Only a few would venture to the bigger cities to see what was out there; Shakespeare was one of these people.

Good entertainment was hard to find in small towns. Luckily Stratford on Avon had visiting acting groups come visit. These events were big and William loved them. This is how he was introduced to the art of acting and playwriting.

The Shakespeare family was well off in the small town. They were self-sufficient and able to live a comfortable life. They owned a shop that traded wool and produce. John Shakespeare, William’s father, was a grover. They were able to obtain a spot in the middle-class throughout time.

As time went on after Shakespeare’s life as a poet was dull in Stratford on Avon. He realized if he wanted to make his dreams a reality, he would have to move to London.

external image image.tiffThis is Henley Street where Shakespeare lived for the first 18 years of his life.

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