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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

 

William Shakespeare 1564-1616

 



William Shakespeare, greatest playwright of all times by far, was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.

 

William Shakespeare's Family

His father was John Shakespeare.

His mother was Mary Arden.


In 1582, William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

They had a daughter, Susanna, and twins, Hamnet and Judith.

 

 

William became a member of theater company the King's Men.

 

 

William Shakespeare's Works

Henry VI

Richard III

The Comedy of Errors

Titus Andronicus

The Taming of the Shrew

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Love's Labour's Lost

Romeo and Juliet

Richard II

A Midsummer Night's Dream

King John

The Merchant of Venice

Henry IV

Much Ado About Nothing

Henry V
(
Here is an excerpt)

Julius Caesar

As You Like It

Hamlet

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Twelfth Night

Troilus and Cressida

All's Well That Ends Well

Measure for Measure

Othello

King Lear

Macbeth

Antony and Cleopatra

Coriolanus

Timon of Athens

Pericles

Cymbeline

The Winter's Tale

The Tempest

Henry VIII


 

You can read William Shakespeare's works online and for free,
provided by the Gutenberg Project.

 

 


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S WILL

Unfortunately, none of Shakespeare's manuscripts survived.

But what the folks at the British National Archive do have is Shakespeare's will, which is dated March 25, 1616.

The Archive comments:

He was clearly a man of some means by the time of his death. He left the bulk of his estate to his elder daughter, Susannah Hall. He left 300 to his younger daughter, Judith. He gave his wife, Anne Hathaway, his second-best bed. Beds and other pieces of household furniture were often the sole bequest to a wife. It was common practice for the best things to go to the children and the second best to the wife.

Shakespeare died a month after this will was written, having caught a fever at a 'merry party' thrown by fellow writer, Ben Jonson. He was buried in Stratford upon Avon church.


 

And here is the good piece as PDF document:

 

Shakespeare's Will
SHAKESPEARE'S WILL
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