St. George 's Day Essay

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William Shakespeare was said to be born on April 23, 1564, also known as St. George’s Day (Ackroyd 3). Shakespeare was baptized two days later on April 26, 1564 in Holy Trinity Church (Life par. 2). He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His father, John Shakespeare, was a glove maker (Life par. 2). Shakespeare was very lucky to survive; nine percent of children died within a week of being born and eleven percent died within being a month old (Ackroyd 4). Shakespeare is known to have attended King’s New School, the local grammar school, where he would have been taught a classical education (Life par. 3). A classical education in that time period would have included Greek mythology, ancient history, grammar, Roman comedy, rhetoric, Latin, and possibly Greek (Life par. 3). Shakespeare did not go to a university because his father was in financial debt (Life par. 3). Because he did not go to a university he married at age eighteen to Anne Hathaway (Britannica par. 7). The date of when they were married is not known for certain but assumed to be November 28, 1582 (Britannica par. 7). They had three children, two girls and one boy (Britannica par. 7). The oldest was Susanna and the two younger ones were Hamnet and Judith who were twins (Britannica par. 7). The seven years after Hamnet and Judith were born are considered to be Shakespeare’s “lost years” (Life par. 3). These years were given this name because the historical records were never completed (Life…

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