William Shakespeare and his life.

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Question 1: William Shakespeare and his life

Very little it known about William Shakespeare’s early years. There is no record of this live birth, but all that is known is that he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April of 1564. But there is record of him being baptized on the 26th of April, and since he died on the 23rd of April, most historians say that he was born on April 23rd, the same day he was born.

William’s parents were John and Mary Shakespeare. His father held very high position in the little town. He was a whittawer and was a member of the city council, then constable, chamberlain, alderman, and the high bailiff (almost town mayor). A record of steep debt pulled John out of the high position and was kicked out of church for not paying his debts. Mary mothered 8 children, including William. William was the 3rd child and the first son.  He would have attended Stratford’s grammar school, of course, like all other records of the time, any documents proving his attendance have been lost.

On November 28, 1582, a town bishop issued a wedding bond for William “Shagspeare” and Anne Hathaway. Anne was three months pregnant at the time of the wedding and 8 years his senior. On May 26, 1583, Susanna, their first child, was baptized. Two years later, Anne gave birth to twins, Hamnet and Judith, Hamnet wouldn’t live past the age of 11.

Their isn’t any record known record from the birth of the twins in 1585 to  1592. But in 1592, William Shakespeare was noted on stage for his extremely brilliant acting skills. Between the time of his acting and his retirement, he wrote 37 plays and over 100 sonnets. He was a master of iambic pentameter and skillfully used his talent to write sonnets.

He died on April 23, 1616. The reason of death is unknown, because the disease he is said to have died from was unknown in the 1600’s. In he will he left everything to his daughter Susanna and a silver plate to Judith. Anne was given his second best bed. Known one knows the reason why she didn’t get the first bed, but it could have possibly gone to Susanna.

Question two: Growing up during Shakespeare’s time

Boys of Stratford-upon-Avon would have attended the Stratford grammar school. After grammar school they would have attended a college or gone right into work. Many wealthy families were the only people who attended grammar schools. If money was scares or worked had to be done at home, young boys wouldn’t attend grammar school at all.

Women wouldn’t have be present at grammar school. They usually stayed home and learned how to be a mother and housewife from their mother. Such menial things today were highly important and men saw it pointless that women should learn like men do, since women were considered lower and unequal to men.

Question three: Marie Antoinette and her life

Marie Antoinette was born November 2, 1755 in Vienna, Austria. She was the youngest of Francis I and Maria Theresa, Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. Marie Antoinette was brought up believing her destiny was to become queen of France. She married the crown prince of France in 1770. Four years later she became queen when her husband was crowned King Louis XVI.

To say that Marie was dim-witted and useless is fabricated. In fact, rather than ignoring France's growing debts, she reduced the royal household staff, eliminating many unnecessary positions that were based solely on privilege. In the process she offended the nobles, adding their disapproval to the immoral stories spread by royal hopefuls. In truth, Antoinette and Louis were placed in harms' way not only by elements of their character, but by the changing face of political and social ideology in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Marie was a beautiful women and fully aware of it. She would buy expensive, long blonde wigs covered and entwined in pricey gems. In one of the wigs, she had a little bird cage placed inside of the long trundles of hair. When her people, who were starved and detested the royalty, heard about her vanity, they gave her the name of bird brain. In truth,  Marie was a very smart women, and was even called smarter than Louis XVI.

In 1789 a mob descended on the palace at Versailles and demanded the royal family move to the Tuilerie ...

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