1564William Shakespeare was born.
He spent his early years in Stratford upon Avon where he attended Stratford
Grammar School until he was 14 years old.
1582Marriage to Anne Hathaway (26-years old).
1583William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway`s first child was born – six months after their wedding.
1585The twins, Hamnet and Judith were born.
1592William was established in the London theatre world as an actor, playwright and poet.
1593Begins writing the sonnets which were probably completed in 1597.
1594Founding member of an acting company.
1595-96“Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night´s Dream” building in Stratford.
1597Shakespeare buys New Place, the second largest building in Stratford.
1599The Globe Theatre was built on Bankside in London; Shakespeare is part
1605His acting company (The King´s Man) performs eleven times before the kings
and seven of the performances are plays by Shakespeare.
1606Macbeth was published.
1609Sonnets of Shakespeare were published.
1610Shakespeare leaves London and settles in Stratford as a rich man.
1616William Shakespeare dies, having written 38 plays.
1623The first complete collection of his works was published.
The Elizabethan Era
* Queen Elizabeth reigned 1558-1603; called the Elizabethan Era * Often considered to be a ‚golden age‘ in the history of English literature * The Elizabethan theatre grew during this time
* The Elizabethan Era was a short period of relative peace, stability and prosperity * The Elizabethans thought that every unusual event (e.g. floods, storms and unexpected death) was an unnatural thing * In the Great Chain of Being everything was connected in a hierarchy * God was at the top, then came the angels and spirits, kings and nobles, the lower classes, animals, plants, rocks and minerals at last * They all knew their duties and places to be