Say some memorable incidents in Shakespeare's life??

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akasha124 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare's life is somewhat of a mystery as there weren't many records of his life and times.

* Church records from Holy Trinity Church indicate that he was baptized there on April 26, 1564.  He was the third of eight children.  His father was wealthy in Shakespeare's early childhood, but his fortunes declined.

* It is documented that he married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. William was 18 at the time, and Anne was 26 and pregnant.  They had three children, one of whom died in childhood.

* By 1594, he was not only acting and writing for the Lord Chamberlain's Men (called the King's Men after the ascension of James I in 1603), but was a managing partner in the operation as well.   His company was the most successful of the day.

* He wrote his will in 1611 bequeathing his properties to his daughter Susanna (married in 1607 to Dr. John Hall). To his surviving daughter Judith, he left £300, and to his wife Anne left "my second best bed."

* Shakespeare was interred at Holy Trinity in Stratford on April 25, 1616.

* He wrote his own epitaph, which is famous:

Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbeare
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.


lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you referring to events in his personal life, or events that happened while he was living? There is not much known about Shakespeare's personal life. There is a link below to biographical information here on enotes. You should read it over to see what is interesting to you.

One thing that you might choose is that he had a son named Hamnet, which is close to the character in one of his plays, Hamlet. He left school at age 15, but that was not uncommon in his day. Also of interest is that there has been doubt surrounding who really wrote his plays. All sorts of theories abound that argue Shakespeare didn't write them all, or didn't write any of them. None of this is proven, however.

Shakespeare's wife was 8 years older than he. They had twins, a boy and a girl, and the boy died (Hamnet).

What do YOU think is interesting?

If you are looking for memorable incidents that happened during Shakespeare's life, that is another story. He lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and later, King James of Scotland. This is a fascinating period in English history and includes the entire story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the incident with Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots, etc.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This happened during his life, pertaining his death: His epitaph is a curse to anyone who dares move him from there, and to this day his resting place is still in the original location. The curse goes:

Good friend for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.

Since 1589 until he died in 1616 he basically wrote 1.5 plays per year.

He performed under two English monarchs as an actor: Elizabeth I and her successor, James I

There are 13 suicides in all his plays combined

Some say he had something to do with the burning of the Globe theatre bc he was  happy to collect, forget, and run back to his estranged wife.

He invented (coined) new words

The tottenham soccer team was named after a Shakespeare character from Henry VI (Spurs- Harry Hotspur)

There is thousands more. You can find more on the link provided.