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The World of William Shakespeare and details of his biography have fascinated people for centuries. The questions and mysteries which surround the Great Stratford playwright and his biography, life, times and works (including his plays, sonnets and poems) are legion:
How many plays did William Shakespeare write? Check out Play Chronology
Was he influenced by other Elizabethan Poets and Authors? See the William Shakespeare Biography section
How many sonnets did the Great Bard write? See the Sonnets section
When were Shakespeare's plays performed and published? In which theater ? See the William Shakespeare Plays section
What was life like for William Shakespeare during the Elizabethan era?
What are the known facts about William Shakespeare the great Stratford Bard? See the William Shakespeare Biography section
What of William Shakespeare the actor, and what is known about his fellow actors and their theater ? See the Biography section
What facts are known about the Elizabethan Stratford Playwright and his family? See Biography section
What exactly was the 'First Folio'? Is Shakespeare's picture an accurate portrait? See William Shakespeare Pictures and Biography
Why is there so much controversy about the biography of the playwright? See Biography section
What is the so-called William Shakespeare Identity Problem about? What facts are available?
Which plays did William Shakespeare the actor perform in?
Which sonnet and play quotes attributed to William Shakespeare are most memorable?
What pictures of Shakespeare are available ? - See our Picture section
Biography - William Shakespeare - Family Life
The Biography Section provides information regarding Shakespeare's ancestry, his parents (John Shakespeare and Mary Arden), his childhood, his education, his family, parents, brothers and sisters, his marriage to wife Anne Hathaway, his children and Grandchildren, Sir William Davenant ( possible an illegitimate son of William Shakespeare ) his associates and his career and life in Elizabethan England.
Ancestors of the playwright - History and facts about the family tree of William Shakespeare of Stratford, Warwickshire
Mother and Father of William Shakespeare - Biography of Mary Arden and John Shakespeare and their lives in Elizabethan Stratford
Brothers and Sisters of William Shakespeare - Lives and Biography of the Great Bard's siblings: Joan, Margaret, Gilbert, Anne, Richard and Edmund
Wife of William Shakespeare - Anne Hathaway - courtship, wedding, marriage and legal documents
Biography of Anne Hathaway - Wife of William Shakespeare - her biography including family, life in Stratford, marriage, children and grandchildren
Children and Grandchildren of William Shakespeare - Biography of Judith, Hamnet Susanna - Shakespeare, Richard and Thomas
Biography - Sir William Davenant, actor - Godfather was William Shakespeare - Also rumoured to be the Bard's illegitimate son
The Biography William Shakespeare - Early Life in Stratford Details of Shakespeare's childhood, education, his marriage and life in Elizabethan Stratford, England together with pictures are included in the following sections in the Biography section:
William Shakespeare Full and Short Biography - Life History and Biography of the Great Bard of Stratford - Elizabethan Playwright and Actor
Childhood of William Shakespeare - Early years of the great Bard's life in Elizabethan Stratford
Education of William Shakespeare - Biography includes the Petty school and King Edward VI Grammar School - The Tudor alphabet
Life in Elizabethan Stratford - Entertainment, Acting troupes, & family ties
William Shakespeare Biography - The Lost Years from leaving school to marrying Anne Hathaway
William Shakespeare Biography - The Lost Years 1585 - 1592 between William Shakespeare marriage to Anne Hathaway and the London Theatre
The Facts - the Documented Facts about William Shakespeare Confusion regarding Shakespeare's name is explained. The facts detailed about William Shakespeare are taken from written evidence available from the Elizabethan era. The written evidence includes details of all of the known facts taken from official records and there is also a section relating to William Shakespeare's last will and testament. The known facts about William Shakespeare, the Great Stratford Bard, have all been included in his biography and the William Shakespeare Timeline. The main source of the William Shakespeare facts are official documents that are still available for inspection. These documents include all of the facts available relating to legal documents. Other facts have been gleaned from another legal document, Last Will and Testament of William Shakespeare. Church records, including those at Stratford, detail major facts and occurrences such as baptism, marriage and death associated with William Shakespeare. A final definitive resource for known facts about William Shakespeare can be found in the numerous William Shakespeare Timeline categories that have been collated. William Shakespeare quotes and facts ascertained from his fellow actors and playwrights from the Elizabethan era.
Facts - Interesting Facts about the Life and Times of the bard of Stratford, Actor and Playwright
The Last Will and Testament of William Shakespeare - Second best bed left to his wife and gifts to fellow actors
More Facts ! - William Shakespeare Timelines The comprehensive William Shakespeare Timelines allows a correlation between William Shakespeare and his biography and the important historical events & people who shared his World. The timelines cover his mother and father, his wife (Anne Hathaway), his children (Judith, Susanna and Hamnet) his grandchildren (from Judith's marriage to Richard Quiney) and the major people and events of the Elizabethan era.
Family Timeline - Time lines for all family of William Shakespeare - timelines for ancestors, parents, siblings and children
Elizabethan Timeline 1531 to 1592 - William Shakespeare Time line with key dates and events of the era
Elizabethan / Stuart Timeline 1593 to 1646 - William Shakespeare Time line with key dates and events of the era
Pictures / Images of the William Shakespeare An excellent selection of good quality pictures have been included hoping to answer questions as to the appearance of William Shakespeare. As the great Bard did not come from a noble background no portraits or pictures of William Shakespeare, or pictures of any members of his family, were commissioned. Neither is there any evidence that William Shakesreare commissioned his own portrait or pictures in his later, prosperous years. There is no evidence that a portrait or pictures were ever painted of William Shakespeare whilst he was still alive, nor is there any written description of his physical appearance. The pictures included are the William Shakespeare Chandos picture, the Stratford portrait and the Sanders picture. Other Shakespeare pics and likenesses include the best known engravings such as the Martin Droeshout engraving from the First Folio and the William Marshall engraving used on the 1640 authorised edition of William Shakespeare's poems. Pictures of his likeness can also be obtained from the various statues and memorials - the best known being the William Shakespeare Stratford bust and the Poets Corner memorial in London's Westminster Abbey. The following Pictures section will enable comparisons to be made of all of the likenesses of William Shakespeare:
William Shakespeare Pics - Painting - Engravings and Stratford, Sanders Portraits and Chandos Shakespeare Pics / Portrait / Picture
Memorials / Statues of William Shakespeare - Pictures from Poets Corner Westminster Abbey, Gower, Roubilliac bust, Stratford
37 Plays the complete works! There is a section dedicated to each of the 37 plays attributed to the Bard of Stratford which feature:
An 18th century picture from each of the William Shakespeare plays
Background and History from each play
Plot Summary of each play
First Performance and Publication dates and details of each of the attributed plays
Most Famous Quotes from each of the William Shakespeare plays
Characters in each of William Shakespeare plays
Full Text and script of each of the plays by the great Stratford Bard
The top six most popular plays by William Shakespeare To compliment the section on the plays we have provided a Dictionary which explains the forgotten words of olde English which are featured in the great plays. The top six most popular plays by William Shakespeare are:
Hamlet - most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
Othello - second most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
Macbeth - third most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
Romeo and Juliet - fourth most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
The Tempest - fifth most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
Julius Caesar - sixth most famous of the William Shakespeare plays
The William Shakespeare Plays Section The Plays section includes details of all the William Shakespeare plays as follows:
Full Text and script, characters, plot summary, quotes of each of William Shakespeare 37 plays
Chronology of Plays First performance and publications
List of all Published Editions of the works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare - First Folio The First Folio contained approximately 900 pages containing 36 plays attributed to the playright after his death. The fellow actors of William Shakespeare, John Hemminge and Henry Condell, were the editors of the collection. The William Shakespeare plays were categorised as Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. The content of the First Folio was registered on 8th November 1623. Unauthorised and inferior text copies of William Shakespeare's plays are called Quarto Texts.
First Folio - Description of William Shakespeare Quarto Texts and first published plays as Comedies, Histories and Tragedies
Quotes about William Shakespeare and his life works If you have not got time to study each one of William Shakespeare's plays in detail, we hope that you might read the Plot Summary and Quotes from each of them - the fast way to become familiar with the plots and characters in the great works of William Shakespeare. This facility would, no doubt, have been appreciated by the cynical Oscar Wilde who said:
"Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations!" - One of the William Shakespeare Quotes by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
The most celebrated authors, actors, politicians and scholars have all read the works of William Shakespeare and their quotes on the man and quotes about William Shakespeare's works are interesting. Views of such celebrities and their quotes are detailed in the quotes section entitled ' Quotes about '.
Quotes and Quotations about William Shakespeare by Ben Jonson, Oscar Wilde, Keats, Milton, Wordsworth and Coleridge
Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare We unknowingly use countless quotes by the great playwright in our everyday language. The section entitled William Shakespeare Quotes will provide many surprises! There are quotes from all of the most celebrated plays. Quotes from Hamlet, quotes from Othello, quotes from Macbeth, quotes from Romeo and Juliet, quotes from the Tempest and quotes from Julius Caesar. You will be surprised at the number of his quotes that you use in everyday conversation.
Famous Quotes and Quotations from the plays of William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar - Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Sonnets about Love
Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare The section on the Bard's Sonnets is easy to navigate either by the number of the sonnet, or by the first line. The most famous sonnets by William Shakespeare are:
Sonnet 029 - When in disgrace with fortune
Sonnet 116 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Sonnet 126 - O thou my lovely boy
Sonnet 130 - My Mistress' eyes
Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
The sections entitled "Sonnets" and "Poems" details the following information:
Full texts of the 154 love sonnets accredited to William Shakespeare
Texts of the poems of William Shakespeare - Venus and Adonis, Rape of Lucrece, Lover's Complaint and Phoenix and the Turtle
William Shakespeare and the Globe Theater ( Old Globe and New Globe Theatre ) A full description of the old Globe Theatre detailing the structure and layout together with a comparison to the new London Globe Theatre has been included where the Bard's plays are still performed. The Globe section will provide access to comprehensive information and facts on the following:
Old Globe Theater - History - construction and audience of the famous London Playhouse Theatre
Old Globe Theater - Pictures from engravings theatre by Van Vissher, Norden and Holler London Maps
Old Globe Theater Structure - Construction, design theatre, stage, gallery, audience capacity and heavens
Old Globe Theater Timeline - Time line of original theatre built 1599 and re - built 1614 - key dates
New Globe Theater modelled on the original - Pictures, stage, replica, model theatre
New Globe Theater - Structure, layout, design, dimensions and construction based on the original theatre, London
New Globe Theater Timeline - Time line of the replica Globe theatre of William Shakespeare and Bear Garden Museum, Bankside Southwark
Visiting the New Globe Theater - London theatre vacation guide with pics, Elizabethan, Shakespearean map and Modern map of the Bankside and theater areas of London
William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Theater Information about Elizabethan inn-yards, playhouses, and theaters together with their locations (check out the London Map for more details). Contemporary playwrights and Elizabethan plays and actors have not been forgotten! Concise description of all the old London Theatres are available from the Elizabethan Theater link.
Elizabethan Theatre - Descriptions of all London Theaters including Swan, Rose, Bear Garden, Cockpit, Hope, Curtain Theaters
Elizabethan Theatres - Theaters, Amphitheatres, playhouses and Inn-yards in London with names, pictures and descriptions
Elizabethan Theatre Facts - Structure and design
Elizabethan Theatre Locations - Map of William Shakespeare's Elizabethan London with theater names, locations of individual theaters on a Theater Map
Elizabethan Playwrights and Authors - Plays and Books by Christopher Marlowe, Beaumont, Fletcher, Middleton, Kyd and of course William Shakespeare himself!
Elizabethan Acting Troupes who visited Stratford - Lord Strange's, Leicester's, Essex's, Berkeley's and Worcester's men
Questions about William Shakespeare Answered? Conspiracies & Spies, Secret Societies & Lies! Is this the biggest cover-up of the last 500 years? Answers to the vast majority of questions can be found in the biography and other sections of this site. However, the mystery surrounding the Shakespeare Identity Problem and conspiracy theory we leave to you! We have provided some clues to help solve some of the issues and set a challenge which we believe will be extremely intriguing! Once you enter the web of intrigue you will explore all of the famous events and people who lived during the Elizabethan era. To help further in understanding the William Shakespeare Identity problem we have detailed names of the main contenders. Warning! The Quest to solve the Identity Problem surrounding identity problem are not for the feint hearted! What we can guarantee is that you will become completely fascinated by the whole subject. We have even developed a theory in relation to the engraved picture of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout on the First Folio. Many questions have been raised about what the playwright actually looked like. We have comprehensive examples of all the famous pictures, portraits, statues and memorials of William Shakespeare!
The William Shakespeare Identity Mystery Can you solve the mystery surrounding the life, works and time of William Shakespeare?
Mystery of the William Shakespeare Engraving on the First Folio - Martin Droeshout engraved portrait - William Shakespeare Identity Problem
Mystery of the Marshall Engraving of William Shakespeare on the 1640 edition of Sonnets - Engraved portrait of - William Shakespeare Identity Problem
The Identity and Authorship problem surrounding William Shakespeare - the Clues, the contemporaries and Contenders
Authorship / Identity problem - new theory re picture of collar and doublet - conspiracy of Who Wrote William Shakespeare
Quotes - Plays - Sonnets - Pictures - Timeline- Facts - Biography - Poems - Bubonic Plague - Globe Biography - Dictionary - Elizabethan Theater - Identity Problem - Biography - Black Death - Stratford
William Shakespeare Educational Resource - Author and Referencing Suitable for college students, or those studying GCSE Shakespeare working on William Shakespeare coursework or essays. Use the contents of this Site to research and write a Shakespeare essay or for background information for those in theatre performances acting Shakespeare reflecting on Globe life and to help with Shakespeare translations. The contents of William Shakespeare. info are subject to Copyright Laws - the name of the Website Author is Linda Alchin. The referencing protocol is suggested as follows:
Alchin, L.K. William Shakespeare info (the Complete Works online) e.g. Retrieved November 16 2010 from www.william-shakespeare.info