Monday, 20 August 2012

Mojo Monday

Welcome to another Mojo Monday :0) A few weeks ago I went to Stratford Upon Avon, to the birthplace of the great Bard himself - William Shakespeare. Its such a amazing place as his original birthplace is right in the middle of the High Street and you have a busy shopping centre right outside its front door! As you enter his home you are taken through on a guided tour of his life, now I'm no intellect but did you know that he invented 1700 words that were later entered into the Oxford Dictionary! You are also able to see his final resting place, as he was Lay Preacher he was entitled to be buried with Holy Trinity Church itself, along with his family – had he have been buried in the church grave yard he his bones would have been dug up and burned on a bones fire some 20 – 25 years later!


William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer.[7] He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there on 26 April 1564. His actual birthdate remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, St George's Day.[8] This date, which can be traced back to an 18th-century scholar's mistake, has proved appealing to biographers, since Shakespeare died 23 April 1616.[9] He was the third child of eight and the eldest surviving son.[10]
Although no attendance records for the period survive, most biographers agree that Shakespeare was probably educated at the King's New School in Stratford,[11] a free school chartered in 1553,[12] about a quarter-mile from his home. Grammar schools varied in quality during the Elizabethan era, but the grammar curriculum was standardised by royal decree throughout England,[13] and the school would have provided an intensive education in Latin grammer based upon Latin classical authors.[14]
John Shakespeare's house, believed to be Shakespeare's birthplace, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married the 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582. The next day two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage.[15] The ceremony may have been arranged in some haste, since the Worcester chancellor allowed the marriage banns to be read once instead of the usual three times,[16] and six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna, baptised 26 May 1583.[17] Twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith, followed almost two years later and were baptised 2 February 1585.[18] Hamnet died of unknown causes at the age of 11 and was buried 11 August 1596.[19]
After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he is mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592, and scholars refer to the years between 1585 and 1592 as Shakespeare's "lost years".[20] Biographers attempting to account for this period have reported many apocryphal stories. Nicholas Rowe, Shakespeare’s first biographer, recounted a Stratford legend that Shakespeare fled the town for London to escape prosecution for deer poaching in the estate of local squire Thomas Lucy. Shakespeare is also supposed to have taken his revenge on Lucy by writing a scurrilous ballad about him.[21] Another 18th-century story has Shakespeare starting his theatrical career minding the horses of theatre patrons in London.[22] John Aubrey reported that Shakespeare had been a country schoolmaster.[23] Some 20th-century scholars have suggested that Shakespeare may have been employed as a schoolmaster by Alexander Hoghton of Lancashire, a Catholic landowner who named a certain "William Shakeshafte" in his will.[24] Little evidence substantiates such stories other than hearsay collected after his death, and Shakeshafte was a common name in the Lancashire area.[25]

10 Facts about the great man!

1. – No one knows the actual birthday of Shakespeare!
 2. – Anne Hathaway was eight years older than Shakespeare and three months pregnant when
they got married!
3. – Many Shakespeare life facts are unknown – these are referred to as the Lost Years
4. – Shakespeare’s Father, John was a money lender! He was accused in the Exchequer Court
of Usury for lending money at the inflated rate of 20% and 25% Interest!
 5. – William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden, was arrested for plotting
against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed!
 6. – Shakespeare and his company built TWO Globe Theatres!
 7. – Shakespeare never published any of his plays!
 8. – Shakespeare and the Globe Actors were implicated in the Essex Rebellion of 1601!
 9 .- Many eminent Authors and Politicians do not believe that Shakespeare wrote his plays…
 10. – Shakespeare’s family were all illiterate!

I hope that has inspired you,

Love Clairebears x 

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