Shakespeare's Life and Times
By Dr. Ann Jennalie Cook, Textual Consultant
1558 Queen Elizabeth begins her reign.
April 1564 William Shakespeare is born, traditionally on the 23rd (St. George’s Day), though only his baptismal date, the 26th, is on record.
c. 1570-1582 Education at the King’s New School in Stratford-upon-Avon provides a thorough traiing in classical literature and rhetoric, including performances of Latin plays.
November 27, 1582 At only 18, Shakespeare hastily marries 26-year-old Anne Hathaway because she is pregnant.
May 1583 Susanna Shakespeare is born.
February 1585 Twins Hamnet and Judith are born.
August 1596 Hamnet Shakespeare dies.
October 1596 William Shakespeare receives a coat of arms, making him a true gentleman.
1597 Shakespeare buys New Place, the second largest house in Stratford-upon-Avon.
1603 Queen Elizabeth dies and King James comes to the throne.
June 1607 Susanna Shakespeare marries Dr. John Hall, a prominent physician.
February 1616 Judith Shakespeare marries Thomas Quiney, a disappointing, unfaithful man.
April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare dies.