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Timeline: A Brief Look at Shakespeare's Life

Shakespeare lived during major historical events in the Eastern and Western worlds. Here's a timeline with significant moments in history and in Shakespeare’s life and literary career.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LIFE (AND THE WORLD) 1564: Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. 1568:  The Eighty-Years' War begins. 1571: Shakespeare likely attended grammar school at the King Edward VI School in Stratford. 1575:  The Battle of Nagashino, Japan's first major gun battle, takes place in the Mikawa Province.  1582: Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway. 1585: Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, is settled by the first English colonists in America. 1594: Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare's first published play. 1603:  Death of Queen Elizabeth I; succession of King James VI. 1606: Shakespeare writes Macbeth. 1608: King Lear is published.  1609: Johannes Kepler publishes his Laws of Planetary Motion, which explained the movement of the planets around the sun. 1616:  Shakespeare dies at New Place, his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. 1618: The Thirty Years' War begins. 1623: All's Well That Ends Well is published.


King Edward VI School, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Royal Collection Trust, ThoughtCo., The Japan Times, Shakespeare Documented, HISTORY, Columbia College, NASA, Oxford Reference, Folgerpedia, Royal Shakespeare Company.

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