Stratford-upon-Avon, Strafford-on-Avon

At that time, people were curious, why can a "countryman" write such a colorful work? Now that his fans are all over the world, tourists want to know, what kind of environment gave birth to such an extraordinary writer?

Stratford | Shakespeare's Birthplace

By Dan Chen, Serina Su

William Shakespeare is Britain's most famous poet, playwright and writer. His hometown is in the small town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the south-central England. This honest and beautiful place, because of his high attention, every visitor to Stratford wants Get a close look at the legend of a generation of literary heroes.

Many literatures point out that Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity in Stratford on April 26, 1564. According to the custom at that time, newborns are usually baptized three days after birth, so it is inferred that Shakespeare's birthday may be April 23. The day of Shakespeare's death in 1611 also happened on April 23, and he was buried in Holy Trinity.

The church is a first-level registered monument, and the public is free to enter.
There is a fee for visiting Shakespeare's resting place.

▍Pierce and peel off cocoons, peek into Shakespeare's life

As for Shakespeare's life, there are many arguments based on the literature, because the records about him were not complete at the time, and scholars can only piece together his possible appearance with limited records. Like the birthday mentioned above, he is supposed to have studied at Shakespeare Schoolroom & Guildhall. Even the suffix of his name has more than dozens of combinations in history, including shappere, Shakp and so on.

Coming to Strafford, there are traces of Shakespeare everywhere. Includes the former residence and school where he lives with his family.

▍Best-selling playwright, the people and the queen are fascinated by him

From 1589 to 1613, Shakespeare produced many popular works, including "King Richard III", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hamlet", "Romeo and "Romeo and Juliet", "Julius Caesar" and "King Henry VIII". Shakespeare's work is considered to be very literary, but it is not difficult to understand. It is always loved by all walks of life and the general public. He also has a super fan, Queen Elizabeth I.

I left a bed for my wife behind me, and the outside world was curious about their emotional world

Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, 26, at the age of 18. An Hathaway was born in an agricultural family. Her maiden house is also located in Stratford. Many of the furniture have been completely preserved and is now open to visit. It is called Anne Hathaway's Cottage And Gardens. This is also where Shakespeare proposed to her. They had three children, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith, but Hamnet died at the age of 11.

There are also not many records about Shakespeare's relationship with Anthony. How did they meet? What is the mode of getting along? Unknown to the outside world, the most widely known "fact" is that Shakespeare stated in his will that he would leave his second best bed to his wife. Many people speculate on this sentence, thinking that leaving only a bed for the pillow, the relationship between the couple may not be good; but the truth is too little, and the meaning of the bed to the two people is more difficult to understand How can the question of emotion be covered in one word?

▍Shaweng's birthday, the world celebrates him

Since 1824, every time Shakespeare's birthday, Stratford has been filled with joy, because everyone is caring for this literary man, holding a Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration Parade.

The parade begins on Bridge Street and heads to Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was born and buried. Every year, people from all walks of life and people from all walks of life participate in the event. After the parade, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will perform lively in Stratford. In addition, on the weekend after Shakespeare's birthday, there is also a temporary market here, with about 150 stalls selling traditional street snacks and local souvenirs.

Reference material
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Spelling and Pronunciation of Shakespeare's Name
Royal Shakespeare Company
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