Shakespearean Era

Shakespeare's Life

Birth

04/23/1564

William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare.

Baptization

04/26/1564

William Shakespeare is christened at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.

School

1569 - 1579

Shakespeare goes to King's New School, an excellent grammar school in Stratford attended by the sons of civil servants like his father.

Marriage

11/28/1582

William, at 18 years of age, get married to 26-year-old Anne Hathaway

First Born

05/26/1583

Six months after their marriage, Shakespeare's first child, Susanna, is born and baptized.

Twins Born

1585

Anne Hathaway gives birth to twins, son Hamnet and daughter Judith.

First Play and Moving to London

1590

Around this time, Shakespeare writes Henry VI, Part One—his very first play. Also, Shakespeare leaves Stratford to begin work as a play writer and actor in London.

"Venus and Adonis"

05/1593

Shakespeare publishes "Venus and Adonis," his first long published poem

"The Rape of Lucrece"

05/1594

Shakespeare publishes "The Rape of Lucrece"

Death of Hamnet

08/11/1596

William and Anne bury their only son, Hamnet, who dies at the age of 11 of unknown causes.

Construction of Globe Theater

1599

Shakespeare begins to build the Globe, a wooden theater in London.

"Hamlet"

1601

Shakespeare writes the play Hamlet.

Sonnets Published

1609

Publisher Thomas Thorpe prints a collection of 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Return to Stratford

1611

Shakespeare moves back to Stratford, where his wife and married daughter are.

Final Plays

1613

Shakespeare composes his final plays: Henry VIII and Two Noble Kinsmen

Will

03/25/1616

Shakespeare calls his lawyer to revise his will, making some odd changes that include leaving his "second-best bed" to his wife and £10 to the poor.

Death

04/23/1616

Sufferning from an unknown illness, William Shakespeare dies on his 52nd birthday.

England

Queen Elizabeth I

1558 - 1603

Queen Elizabeth rizes to throne in 1558 and remains queen until her death in 1603.

Francis Drake Starts Voyage

1577

Francis Drake starts voyage to circumnavigate the globe in the name of Queen Elizabeth I.

Drake Claims California

1579

Francis Drake claims California for England.

Gregorian Calendar

1582

Pope Gregory XIII introduces the Gregorian calendar.

Death Warrant for Mary Queen of Scoots is Signed

1587

Queen Elizabeth I signed death warrant of Mary Queen of Scots.

Defeat of Spanish Amada

1588

The English fleet defeats the Spanish Amada.

King James I

1603 - 1625

King James I comes to power after death of Queen Elizabeth I.

Gunpowder Plot

11/05/1605

Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up the parliament in the Gunpowder Plot.

Union Jack Adopted

04/12/1606

The Union Jack flag is adopted for the British empire.

Bible is Published

1611

King James published his authorized version of the Bible.

British Conquer India

1612

The British conquer part of India.

World

Dutch Revolution

1566

The Dutch revolt against spain.

Foundation of Rio de Janeiro

1567

The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is founded.

Battle of Lepanto

1571

Spanish, Venetian and Papal fleets destroy the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto.

St. Bartholomew´s Day Massacre

08/23/1572

St. Bartholomew´s Day Massacre in Paris, France kills thousands of people.

Discovery of Northern Passage

1576

Frobisher discovers the Northern Passage.

Conquer of Siberia

1581

The Cossacks conquer Siberia.

Roanoke Island Mystery

1584

The English establish a colony at the Roanoke Island, that later mysteriously disappears.

Pompeii Discovered

1592

The Italian city of Pompeii is re-discovered after the tragedy that happened hundreds of years before.

Dutch East India Company Created

1602

The Dutch government grants the Dutch East India Company a monopoly to pursue trade in Asia.

Behrain is Conquered

1602

Persia conquers Behrain and rules it until 1783.

Dutch Conquer India

1605

The Dutch conquer India.

Haley´s Commet

1607

Haley´s commet appears in the sky.

Telescope is Invented

1608

The first telescope is invented by Galileo.

Henry IV of France is Murdered

1610

Henry IV of France, a progressive king who is religiously tolerant, is assassinated by François Ravaillac.

Inquisition Gets to Galileo

1615

The Inquisition finds Galileo and he is questioned about his studies.