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Some fun facts of the Life of Shakespaeare

William Shakespeare's family had been humble farmers in Warwickshire since the Middle Ages. The William's father decided to better himself and move to the town of Stratford, only a few miles from the family's home. John Shakespear set up business as a glove maker, his works prospered and he was soon able to buy two houses in Henley Street, Stratford - and it was in one of these that Shakespeare was born in 1564.

William Shakespearmarried Anne Hathaway, the daughter of a Stratford neighbour, who was eight years older than him. In 1583, his daughter Susanna was born and in 1585 the twins Hamnet and Judith. So by the age of 21, William had not only a wife but three children support.

Shakespeare went to London and becomes and actor. The reason why he went to London and when in not certain. One story relates that it was because he was caught poaching deer and rabbits on Sir Thomas Lucy's estate, Charlecote Park, near Stratford and forced to flee to the city. He met and fell madly in love with the 'dark lady' of the Sonnets - a dark-haired, married woman who led him on, but in the end broke off the affair. shakespeare's Sonnets, which contain some of the finest poetry written in the English language, express the joy and agony of that relationship.

Shakespeare returned to his hometown Stratford in about 1610 and died in 1616. In his will, Shakespeare left most of his possessions to Sussana and her husband and some small gifts to his best friends in the theatre company. He left the second best bed to his widow, not as an insult as many people think, but because it was almost certainly the bed they slept in - and because Susanna and her husband, or guests, might need the best one.

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