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ᥝ Relié @Shakespeare: The Biography For Free ᦊ ePUB Author Peter Ackroyd ᦫ ᥝ Relié @Shakespeare: The Biography For Free ᦊ ePUB Author Peter Ackroyd ᦫ Chapter 1 There Was a Starre Daunst, and Under That Was I BorneWilliam Shakespeare is popularly supposed to have been born on 23 April 1564, or St George s Day The date may in fact have been 21 April or 22 April, but the coincidence of the national festival is at least appropriate When he emerged from the womb into the world of time, with the assistance of a midwife, an infant of the sixteenth century was washed and then swaddled by being wrapped tightly in soft cloth Then he was carried downstairs in order to be presented to the father After this ritual greeting, he was taken back to the birth chamber, still warm and dark, where he was laid beside the mother She was meant to draw to her all the diseases from the child, 1 before her infant was put in a cradle A small portion of butter and honey was usually placed in the baby s mouth It was the custom in Warwickshire to give the suckling child hare s brains reduced to jelly The date of Shakespeare s christening, unlike that of his birth, is exactly known he was baptised in the Church of the Holy Trinity, in Stratford, on Wednesday 26 April 1564 In the register of that church, the parish clerk has written Guilelmus filius Johannes Shakespere he slipped in his Latin, and should have written Johannis The infant Shakespeare was carried by his father from his birthplace in Henley Street down the High Street and Church Street into the church itself The mother was never present at the baptism John Shakespeare and his newborn son would have been accompanied by the godparents, who were otherwise known as god sips or gossips On this occasion the godfather was William Smith, a haberdasher and neighbour in Henley Street The name of the infant was given before he was dipped in the font and the sign of the cross marked upon his forehead At the font the gossips were exhorted to make sure that William Shakespeare heard sermons and learned the creed as well as the Lord s Prayer in the English tongue After the baptism a piece of white linen cloth was placed on the head of the child, and remained there until the mother had been churched or purified it was called the chrisom cloth and, if the infant died within a month, was used as a shroud The ceremony of the reformed Anglican faith, in the time of Elizabeth, still favoured the presentation of apostle spoons or christening shirts to the infant, given by the gossips, and the consumption of a christening cake in celebration They were, after all, celebrating the saving of young William Shakespeare for eternity.Of his earthly life there was much less certainty In the sixteenth century, the mortality of the newly born was high Nine per cent died within a week of birth, and a further 11 per cent before they were a month old 2 in the decade of Shakespeare s own birth there were in Stratford 62.8 average annual baptisms and 42.8 average annual child burials 3 You had to be tough, or from a relatively prosperous family, to survive the odds It is likely that Shakespeare had both of these advantages Once the dangers of childhood had been surmounted, there was a further difficulty The average lifespan of an adult male was forty seven years Since Shakespeare s parents were by this standard long lived, he may have hoped to emulate their example But he survived only six years beyond the average span Something had wearied him Since in London the average life expectancy was only thirty five years in the affluent parishes, and twenty five years in the poorer areas, it may have been the city that killed him But this roll call of death had one necessary consequence Half of the population were under the age of twenty It was a youthful culture, with all the vigour and ambition of early life London itself was perpetually young.The first test of Shakespeare s own vigour came only three months after his birth In the parish register of 11 July 1564, beside the record of the burial of a weaver s young apprentice from the High Street, was written Hic incipit pestis Here begins the plague In a period of six months some 237 residents of Stratford died, than a tenth of its population a family of four expired on the same side of Henley Street as the Shakespeares But the Shakespeares survived Perhaps the mother and her newborn son escaped to her old family home in the neighbouring hamlet of Wilmcote, and stayed there until the peril had passed Only those who remained in the town succumbed to the infection.The parents, if not the child, suffered fear and trembling They had already lost two daughters, both of whom had died in earliest infancy, and the care devoted to their first born son must have been close and intense Such children tend to be confident and resilient in later life They feel themselves to be in some sense blessed and protected from the hardships of the world It is perhaps worth remarking that Shakespeare never contracted the plague that often raged through London But we can also see the lineaments of that fortunate son in the character of the land from which he came.Chapter 2 Shee Is My EssenceWarwickshire was often described as primeval, and contours of ancient time can indeed be glimpsed in the lie of this territory and its now denuded hills It has also been depicted as the heart or the navel of England, with the clear implication that Shakespeare himself embodies some central national worth He is central to the centre, the core or source of Englishness itself The countryside around Stratford was divided into two swathes To the north lay the Forest of Arden, the remains of the ancient forest that covered the Midlands these tracts were known as the Wealden The notion of the forest may suggest uninterrupted woodland, but that was not the case in the sixteenth century The Forest of Arden itself included sheep farms and farmsteads, meadows and pastures, wastes and intermittent woods in this area the houses were not linked conveniently in lanes or streets but in the words of an Elizabethan topographer, William Harrison, stand scattered abroad, each one dwelling in the midst of his own occupying 1 By the time Shakespeare wandered through Arden the woods themselves were steadily being reduced by the demand for timber in building new houses it required between sixty and eighty trees to erect a house The forest was being stripped, too, for mining and subsistence farming In his survey of the region, for his Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine of 1611, John Speed noticed great and notable destruction of wood There never has been a sylvan paradise in England It is always being destroyed.Yet the wood has always been a token of wildness and resistance In As You Like It and A Midsummer Night s Dream, in Cymbeline and Titus Andronicus, it becomes a symbol of folklore and of ancient memory The great prehistoric forest of the Arden gave refuge to the British tribes against the Roman invaders of their land the name of Arden itself derives from Celtic roots, meaning high wooded valleys It was the Celts who named the Ardennes in the region of north eastern France and Belgium The same woods provided cover for the Celtic people from the marauding Saxon tribes of the Hwiccas The legends of Guy of Warwick, imbibed by Shakespeare in his infancy, tell of the knight s hermitic concealment in the forest His sword, used in his fight against the encroaching Danes, was kept as a memorial in Warwick Castle.So Arden was a place of concealment as well as of industry it was an area that outlaws and vagrants might enter with impunity That is why wood dwellers were regarded with some disfavour by those from open habitations Wood dwellers were people of lewd lives and conversation 2 they were as ignorant of God or any course of civil life as the very savages amongst the infidels 3 Thus the history of rebellion mingles with that of savagery and possible insurrection The history runs very deep, and is inseparable from the land itself When in As You Like It Touchstone enters the wood, he declares that I, now am I in Arden, the foole I 761 Shakespeare s mother was Mary Arden His future wife, Anne Hathaway, dwelled in the outskirts of the forest His consciousness of the area was close and intense.Beyond the Wealden, in the south of the county, lay the Fielden In Saxton s map of Warwickshire, issued in 1576, this region is almost wholly devoid of trees except for those growing in groves and small woods The rest of the land had been changed to scrub and pasture, with the arable territory sweeping across the hills In his Britannia William Camden described it as plain champaign country, and being rich in corn and green grass yieldeth a right goodly and pleasant prospect John Speed saw the view from the same spot as Camden, on the summit of Edgehill, and noticed the medowing pastures with their green mantles so imbrodered with flowers It is the quintessential picture of rural England It was as much part of Shakespeare s vision as the forests beyond It has been surmised that the Fielden was rich and Protestant, while the Wealden was poor and Catholic This is the shorthand of popular prejudice, but it suggests a context for that balancing of oppositions that came so instinctively to Shakespeare The climate of Stratford was of a mild temper, protected by the Welsh hills There was much moisture in the land and in the air, as the various streams running through Stratford itself would have testified The clouds from the south west were known as Severn Jacks and presaged rain Only the Tyrannous breathing of the North, as Imogen remarks in Cymbeline, Shakes all our buddes from growing 257 8.But what, in the larger sense, has this landscape to do with Shakespeare or Shakespeare with the landscape Some future genius of topography may elucidate what has become known as the territorial imperative, the sense of place that binds and determines the nature of those who grow up on a certain spot of ground Yet, in relation to Shakespeare, we may already venture one conclusion The evidence of his work provides unequivocal proof that he was neither born nor raised in London He does not have the harshness or magniloquence of John Milton, born in Bread Street he does not have the hardness of Ben Jonson, educated at Westminster School he does not have the sharpness of Alexander Pope from the City or the obsessiveness of William Blake from Soho He is of the country.Chapter 3 Dost Thou Loue Pictures Stratford is a meeting place of roads crossing the Avon river afon is the Celtic name for river The area had been settled from the Bronze Age There were barrows and stone circles, lying now neglected, and there were lowes or graves where meets or open courts once gathered A Romano British village was established on the outskirts of the present town, lending weight and substance to the weathered and enduring atmosphere of the place Stratford means a Roman straet, a paved road or highway, crossing a ford In the seventh century a monastery was established, by the banks of the river this was first in the possession of Aethelard, subordinate king of the Hwiccas, but was then transferred into the ownership of Egwin, Bishop of Worcester Since this was soon after the conversion of the Saxons to the Christian faith, we may say that Stratford had a connection with the old religion from the earliest times The church in which Shakespeare was baptised was erected on the site of the old monastery, and the dwellings of the monks and their servants were once on land now known as Old Town The Domesday surveyors of 1085 carefully noted the presence of a village on this spot, comprising farmers and labourers as well as the ecclesiastical community there was a priest, together with twenty one villeins and seven bordarii or cottagers.It began to prosper in the thirteenth century A fair of three days was instituted in 1216 it was supplemented by four other fairs held at various times of the year, one of which lasted for fifteen days A survey of 1252 reports 240 burgages, or properties held on a yearly rental from the lord of the manor, as well as numerous shops, stalls and tenements Here were shoemakers and fleshmongers, blacksmiths and carpenters, dyers and wheelwrights, engaged in trades that Shakespeare would still have seen on the streets of his childhood The medieval town itself was approximately the same size as it was at the time of Shakespeare s birth To be aware of continuity to be settled within it was in a real sense his birthright The open country beyond the town has been described as tumbled down, covered with thorn bush and populated by rabbits There were few trees and no hedges, but flat land all around sprinkled with cowslips and clover and yellow mustard This unenclosed territory comprised meadow land, arable land and rough pasture stretching towards the hills Of all writers, Shakespeare has the widest vocabulary on the variety of weeds to be found in such places, disentangling the hemlock from the cuckoo flower, the fumiter from the darnel.There had been a church in Stratford, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, since the early thirteenth century It was erected beside the river, of local undressed stone and yellow stone from the Campden quarries, in the utmost harmony with the landscape it possessed a wooden steeple and was surrounded by elm trees, with an avenue of lime trees leading to the north porch Shakespeare would have known the ancient bone house on the north side of the chancel, where the skeletons of the long dead had been deposited it had also been a dormitory for the singing boys and a study for the minister Shakespeare and his contemporaries were familiar with death, although this did not prevent Juliet from crying out against the Charnel house with its reekie shanks and yealow chaples sculls 2259 Local legend suggests that the playwright had this bone house in mind when he wrote this passage in Romeo and Juliet, and local legend may be right His own grave was to be situated just a few feet from it, within the church itself, and his solemn curse against anyone who moves my bones acts as a reminder There were other intimations of mortality a college, or house for chantry priests praying in perpetual intercession for the dead, had been erected on the western side of the churchyard in 1351 Of equal antiquity was the Guild of the Holy Cross, established in Stratford at the beginning of the thirteenth century This was a society of lay people devoted to the festivals and institutions of their faith it was a friendly society where, by payment of an annual subscription, its members would be assured of a fitting funeral But it was also a communal society, with its own wardens and beadles who supervised the interests of the town as well as the benefactions of the church.If Shakespeare knew one public building in Stratford thoroughly well, it was the chapel of this guild it was erected beside the school where he was taught, and each weekday morning he attended prayers here And then there were the bells The little bell called the boy to school in the morning the great bell tolled at dawn and dusk, and was the surly sullen bell of the sonnet that tolled at the time of dying and the time of burial It eventually tolled for Shakespeare when he was laid in the Stratford ground From the Hardcover edition.Demystifies the man and the artist Expertly evokes the townscape and landscape in and around Stratford, and the corresponding mindscape that vividly merges the urban and the rustic The New York TimesWilliam Shakespeare s London comes to life with remarkable immediacy and clarity Ackroyd s research is impressive San Francisco ChronicleAckroyd provides the sights and sounds and smells of Stratford and London until you d swear Shakespeare was right at your elbow, sipping ale The Philadelphia Inquirer Captures the thrill of London and of a theater emerging, in a hard and disenchanted age, to replace the church as the center of communal spectacle The Wall Street JournalCreates a tapestry of Elizabethan London so rich that you feel you ve been there Independent on Sunday William Shakespeare Biography Biography William baptized on April , was an English playwright, actor and poet who also known as the Bard of Avon often called England s national Wikipedia poet, playwright actor, widely regarded both greatest writer in language world pre eminent dramatist He is His extant works, including collaborations, consist approximately plays, Shakespeare Resource Center For all his fame celebration, remains a mysterious figure with regards to personal history There are just two primary sources for information various legal church documents that have survived from Elizabethan times Naturally, there many gaps this body information, which tells us little about Works Search The wrote famous Sonnets numerous highly successful oft quoted dramatic works tragedy Prince Denmark, Hamlet Neither borrower nor lender be loan loses itself friend, And borrowing dulls edge husbandry eNotes born Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England, descended tenant farmers landed gentry traditional birth date, conjectural Shakespeare Family Life Section provides regarding ancestry, parents John Mary Arden childhood, education, family, parents, brothers sisters, marriage wife Anne Hathaway, children Grandchildren, Sir Davenant possible illegitimate son A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Drawing exceptional combination skills literary biographer, novelist, chronicler London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re creates shaped brings himself into unusually vivid focus Facts, Life, Plays Britannica Shakespeare, spelled Shakspere, byname or Swan died dramatist, considered by Short for Early celebrated city Online In depth accurate free play analysis, biography, essays, answers common questions, Shakespearean glossary AE Product Description most influential admired writer, man whose imaginative genius still moves us, nearly four centuries after deathWilliam tumultuous life produced unmatched legacy drama poetry HISTORY Considered speaking has had theatrical Biography Wife Marriage Hathaway COURTSHIP ANNE HATHAWAY AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE hamlet Shottery only mile town where Poet Academy American Poets read poems Arden, he probably educated at King Edward VI Grammar School Stratford, learned Latin Greek Roman dramatists sonnets, long narrative poems, Search Texts time Kids year Marriage lived family BBC iWonder plays their universal themes insight human condition Yet much mystery and HANDOUT Submitted Amy Ulen Surfing Date Friday, January Updated Sunday, August This handout I found when first started teaching ages agoHawksmoor Penguin Decades Hawksmoor FREE shipping qualifying offers part limited edition PENGUIN STREET ART series timeless writing, enduring design no Light without Darknesse Substance Shaddowe So 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    • Shakespeare: The Biography
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    • Relié
    • 608 pages
    • 9781400075980
    • Peter Ackroyd
    • Anglais
    • 13 February 2017

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