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William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564 He was one of eight children The Shakespeares were well respected prominent people When William Shakespeare was about seven years old he probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other boys of his social class William Shakespeare learned Greek and Latin classics this is comparable to college education today Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day The teachers were strict disciplinarians Though Shakespeare spent long hours at school his boyhood was probably fascinating Stratford was a lively town and during holidays it was known to put on pageants and many popular shows It also held several large fairs during the year Stratford was a exciting place to live Stratford also had fields and woods surrounding it giving William the opportunity to hunt and trap small game The River Avon which ran through the town allowed him to fish also Shakespeares poems and plays show his love of nature and rural life which reflects his childhood During Shakespeares life there were two monarchs who ruled England They were Henry the eighth and Elizabeth the first Both were impressed with Shakespeare which made his name known There is evidence that he was a member of a traveling theater group and a schoolmaster In 1594 he became an actor and playwright for Lord Chamberlains Men In 1599 he became a part owner of the prosperous Globe Theater He also was a part owner of the Blackfriars Theater as of 1609 Shakespeare retired to Stratford in 1613 where he wrote many of his excellent plays
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