William Shakespeare (1564-1616) An actor, playwright and theatre entrepreneur in London Married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway when he was 18 Has three children – Susanna, Hamnet and Judith Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small country town Son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden Third oldest among his parents’ eight children Status was of a gentleman Was educated at King’s New School
Shakespeare’s Inspiration to Write No substantial evidence Said that Shakespeare’s conviction for poaching deer from the estate of Sir Thomas Lucy inspired him to write. This inspiration resulted in Shakespeare’s first literary work, a satire of Sir Thomas
How Shakespeare became a Writer Shakespeare’s original intentions were to become an actor. He left Stratford-upon-Avon to begin a career on stage He worked his way up the ladder to became an actor, from a mere gopher to an actor. The Theatres of London was closed in 1593 Shakespeare as a result switched to writing poems and drama full-time.
Why Shakespeare’s Plays were well-received One of Shakespeare’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, had a witty mixture of romance, fairy magic and comic lowlife scenes Another of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet, was a romantic tragedy of sexually charged adolescence, love and death Shakespeare’s Macbeth also had a supernatural element in it. With all these different yet captivating elements in every one of his play, this is evidence of why Shakespeare’s plays were well-received.
Entertainment in England during Shakespearian time The Globe Theater What England Was Like During Shakespearian time London during Shakespearian time
Significant Historical Events There were three big epidemics of a plague during this period The first one was from 1592 to 1594. The second one was from 1603 to 1604 The third one was 7 years after Shakespeare died. A lot of people were sick and even died from the illness during these epidemics.
Ruler of the Monarchy Queen Elizabeth I Born on 7th September 1533 Became Queen on 17th November 1558 Coronation was on 15th January 1559 Died on 24th March 1603
Social System During Shakespearian Time Rich and powerful; had large households Most important social class; were wealthy Were wealthy but lived simply Many were poor and unemployed
Definition of Renaissance According to Dictionary.com, Renaissance refers to the activity, spirit or time of the great revival of art, literature and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world
Significant Events (Part I) It is believed that it started in Florence, Italy. The music of Burgundian School marked the beginning of the Renaissance. This then spread to Portugal under the influence of the wealthy Italian merchants that started investing their money in the profitable Indian commerce. Afterwards, it spread to Croatia, which can be seen in the evident Italian renaissance influence there. The Italian renaissance also influenced Spain thereafter. The Elizabethan era then marked the beginning of the English Renaissance with the work of writers like William Shakespeare.
Significant Events (Part II) The Italian Renaissance also arrived in France after King Charles VIII’s invasion in Italy. In the second half of the 15th Century, the Renaissance then spread to Germany and Low Countries, which are historical lands that include the modern countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and parts of northern France and western Germany. The Italian Renaissance also spread to Hungary, Poland and Russia. Low Countries here refer to historical lands that include the modern countries of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and parts of northern France and western Germany
How Did The Renaissance Affect Shakespeare’s Work The Renaissance was the revival of art. This period of time caused several people to be more open to the forms of art. This allowed William Shakespeare to attempt variations of art.