William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare (1564 1616) The Shakespearetime The time of Shakespeare is mostly equated with the Elizabethan era. But this is not really true because William´s most important works were written under James I.. The characteristic of William´s working time is that it is devived into two totally different parts. Birth The English writer William Shakespeare was baptized on April 23rd 1564 in the Stratford´s Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, about 100 miles northwest of London. The exactly date of his birth is quite unclear but April 23rd is the traditional determination. Six years ago Elizabeth I. became Queen. William Shakespeare´s birthplace Parents and Family William´s parents were John and Mary Shakespeare who lived in Henley Street, Stratford. John Shakespeare, the son of Richard Shakespeare, was a whittawer (a maker, worker and seller of leather goods such as purses, belts and gloves) and a dealer in agricultual commodities. He was a solid, middle class citizen when William was born and a man on the rise. He served in Stratford´s government successively as a member of the Council, constable, chamberlain, alderman and finally high baliff (similar to town major). About 1577 John´s fortunes began to decline for unknown reasons. Mary Arden of Wilmcote was aristocratic and the daughter of Robert Arden, who was a successful farmer and landowner. Mary and John had eight children and William was their third child and the first son. (Postkarte) ...

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