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William Shakespeare.

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William Shakespeare It is believed that William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, on April 26th 1564, but in fact this was the date he was baptised and there is no evidence of the date he was actually born. His father, John Shakespeare, was a whittawer by profession and held several important town offices. His mother, Mary Arden, was from a fairly wealthy family. Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway got married in 1582. William was 18 and Anne was 26. Anne and William's first daughter, Susanna, was baptised on May 26th 1582. ...read more.

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Between 1585 and 1592 no records of Shakespeare were found. This period of his life is usually referred to as "The Lost Years". Some have speculated that he either became a schoolteacher, became a butcher's apprentice, or he was running from the law during this time. The first evidence of Shakespeare after 1592 was in London. Here he had established himself as a play writer and actor and had found a sponsor, Henry Wriothsley. However Shakespeare's work in the theatres came to a stop in January 1593, when the theatres closed because of the plague. ...read more.

Conclusion

He made a will on March 25th, 1616 and died on April 23rd, 1616. he was fifty-two years old. The cause of Shakespeare's death is not known. He also wrote his own gravestone 'passage' because during his time, when the graveyard was full, people would dig up someone's corpse and burn it so that another could be buried in its place. This disgusted Shakespeare, and he didn't want this type of disrespect after his death. His 'passage' reads as follows: Good friends, for Jesus' sake forbear, To dig the bones enclosed here! Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones. To this day no on has disturbed Shakespeare's grave. Samantha Steele 10N ...read more.

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