Shakespeare the man. With subtitles.

Welcome to my first Shakespeare video!
I’m going to be talking about Shakespeare the man.
What do we know about him as a person, historically, through official documents and things like that. For example we know that Shakespeare
was baptized right here in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-on-avon on April the 26th in 1564. And we know this because it says
so in the parish register, which reads “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere”;
William, the son of John Shakespeare. And there are several documents that show that Shakespeare’s father, John
Shakespeare owned this house in Henley Street in Stratford-on-Avon,
so we can be fairly sure again that that’s where Shakespeare grew up. Here, for example, is a document of 1556, showing thatShakespeare’s father had recently
purchased the house in Henley Street, and here’s another from 1575,
relating to a neighboring house, that shows John Shakespeare
connected with that property, We can’t be completely sure of Shakespeare’s school, because the school records haven’t survived, but in all likelihood he went to school here. There are documents showing that
Shakespeare’s father served as an alderman on the Town Council of
Stratford from 1565. This means Shakespeare would have had
the right to attend King’s School, which was the only school for miles around, for free. it would be strange indeed if John Shakespeare had not sent his son here. And we know that in 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. Not that one! This one. The original documents testifying to the marriage are in Worcester Cathedral and
if you ask the bishop nicely he might just let you have a look at them. And so it goes on. It’s often said that we don’t have much information about Shakespeare, but we have the baptismal records of his three children, we’ve got the burial record of
his son at the age of eleven, we’ve got records showing that he got into
some kind of fight in London in 1596, although it does seem that that case
never actually went to court, and we’ve got plenty of other documents. For example, we know that he purchased
a big house in Stratford-on-Avon in 1597. We know that he became one of three co-owners
of the Globe Theatre site in 1599, and that he bought another property in London in 1613. And his will survives, of course, together with his burial place, in the same church where he
was baptized, and he’s mentioned by several writers in
books published during his lifetime. I’ll just look at one of those books, Palladis Tamia or Wits Treasury,
written by Francis Meres and published in 1598. Books in those days
were often numbered by the signature, rather than the page, and on the recto or
front side of signature 280 Meres praises the writers of classical
antiquity and goes on to say… And he makes several other mentions of Shakespeare. For example… We know as much about Shakespeare as we do
about most other writers and famous people of that time. If you’re interested in this
subject, and you want to check these records. the best starting point is the Folger online
exhibition, which has nearly 500 documents from Shakespeare’s time, including
the ones depicted in this video. And if you want to see the actual places and
objects associated with Shakespeare, well then you could start by paying an online
visit to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Happy researching, and I hope you learn many
more details about the life of William Shakespeare!

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