William Shakespeare's Biography

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William Shakespeare's Biography

On an April night unknown, in 1564, at a humble home in Henley St. in the quiet town of Stratford, England Isle of Wight, John and Mary Shakespeare gave birth to a poet. William Shakespeare was born on what is believed to be the 23rd of April the feast day of patron saint the dragon-slayer St. George, and though there are no known records either to confirm or deny, this date was subsequently accepted, has been established, and is widely celebrated as the day of both his birth and his death. In fact, The Book of Common Prayer states that unless there is a valid reason to postpone the ceremony, a newborn must be baptized on the first holy day following its birth and records from the Holy Trinity Church in
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At age seven, William attended King Edward VI Grammar School which, was founded in 1269 by Robert de Stratford and The Guild of the Holy Cross; also known as the Stratford Grammar School, the facility still exists today as an all-girls academy. At age seventeen, William married pregnant twenty-six year old Anne Hathaway and for a short time the two newlyweds lived with his parents at the original home on Henley St. The recently married Shakespeares had three children early on in their marriage, Susanna, born in May of 1583, and in January of 1585, the twins, Hamnetwho died of an unknown illness at age eleven, and Judithfor whom there really isnt much information to be found. Incidentally, the twins were named after close family friends and elected godparents, the local baker and his wife Hamnet and Judith Sadler who in turn named their first born child after William. By 1592, William, then touring with Pembrokes Men, commissioned by Henry Herbert, the Earl of Pembroke, was swiftly gaining notoriety and popularity as an actor and playwright and three of his plays, King Henry VI, Titus Andronicus, and The Comedy of Errors, were doing particularly well. On April 8, 1593, Shakespeares first critically acclaimed poem, Venus and Adonis was published marking his formal debut as a metrical writer. In 1594, Shakespeare toured with the Lord Chamberlains Men, a troupe, which also included the multi-talented actors Richard
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