William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. During his youth he became well known to the local sheriff for poaching wild game on neighboring property. His father rented-out a room upstairs in their home to a meat-cutter who was to train young William to become a butcher. If you look closely at the window in upstairs room used by the meat-cutter, you will find the names of wealthy women of Stratford who were allowed to etch their names in the glass, using their diamond rings. This training came to an abrupt end when the meat-cutter gave up in disgust as his pupil paid little interest to instruction and was preoccupied with a passion for acting and quoting lines he had written, instead of paying attention to the assigned tasks before him. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway who lived nearby. It has been reported that this was a “shotgun wedding” demanded by her father when he became aware she was pregnant out of wedlock. She gave birth to three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 William Shakespeare began his career as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company titled Lord Chamberlain’s Men; later the company was renamed The King’s Men. He retired to Stratford around 1613 where he died three years later.
Horse Brass: Shakespeare/Personalities Collection: Shakespeare
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