Notes on A&E’s William Shakespeare: A Life of Drama
1564 - Shakespeare was born in the town of Stratford Upon Avon
As a schoolboy, Shakespeare's favorite book may have been Ovid's Metamorphoses.
1585- Shakespeare married
Shakespeare's children were named Hamnet (not Hamlet), Judith, and Suzanna.
1592- Shakespeare moved to London
One theory is that Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" may actually have been written for a man, the Earl of Southampton.
Shakespeare's sonnets revealed an infatuation with a young man and a dark lady.
Shakespeare probably only made the trip from London to Stratford during the 40 days of Lent.
1594- Shakespeare joins the Lord Chamberlain's Men
1596- Shakespeare's only son dies:
1603- King James I becomes King of England:
When King James I became the patron of Shakespeare's theater troupe, they changed their name from The Lord Chamberlain’s Men to The King’s Men.
1613- Globe theater burns down:
1616- Shakespeare dies
According to the story of the time, Shakespeare overindulged in wine and pickled herring, which led to his fatal illness.
Shakespeare's will, one item he specifically left to his wife was his second best bed.
Ben Johnson, Shakespeare's rival, critic, and friend, was instrumental in compiling a collection of Shakespeare's works.
1623- First compilation of Shakespeare's plays published:
1899- First film version of a Shakespeare play: