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  • Title: William Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale: A Brief Chronology
  • Author: Hardin Aasand
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-367-0

    Copyright Hardin Aasand. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: Hardin Aasand
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    William Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale: A Brief Chronology

    1558Elizabeth I proclaimed Queen of England following the death of her sister, Queen Mary I.
    156423 April: William Shakespeare is born in Stratford to a glover, John Shakespeare, and his wife, Mary Shakespeare. His baptism is recorded at the Holy Trinity Church on 26 April.
    1571Shakespeare begins his formal education at the Stratford Grammar School.
    158228 November: a "William Shagspeare" (as written in the marriage bond) weds "Anne Hathwey"—Anne Hathaway of Shottery, Stratford.
    15832 May: the baptism of Susanna Shakespeare, the first child born six months after the Shakespeare wedding.
    1585-1592Shakespeare is believed to have left his family in Stratford to join a company of actors as both playwright and performer, starting his career in theater.
    1585The twins Hamnet and Judith born.
    1588The Spanish Armada is defeated as Spain attempts an invasion of England.
    1589-1590Shakespeare is believed to have written his very first play, Henry VI, Part One in this year. He may have been a member of the combined players' companies, the Lord Strange's and Lord Admiral's Men.
    1592Shakespeare is criticized in Robert Greene's Groats-worth of Witteas an "upstart crow" who plagiarizes from other plays, a sign that Shakespeare is in London.
    1592-94Theaters in London close because of the plague.
    1592-93Presumed composition of the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucreceand the plays Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew
    1594The Lord Chamberlain's Men, a theater troupe including distinguished actor Richard Burbage and comic Will Kemp, performs with Shakespeare in their group.
    1595Presumed composition of Richard II,A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet.
    1596Son Hamnet dies, 11 August. Shakespeare's father is granted a coat of arms.
    1597Shakespeare buys the New Place, one of Stratford's most prominent houses.
    1598Performance in Ben Jonson's Every Man in his Humor, which lists him as a principal actor in the play.
    1599The Globe Theater is built on the Bankside from the materials of the demolished Theater in Shoreditch. Julius Caesar is performed at the Globe for the first known time on 21 September, according to the diary of Swiss tourist Thomas Platter.
    1600-1601Presumed compositon of Hamlet.
    1601Presumed composition of narrative poem, The Phoenix and the Turtle.John Shakespeare dies.
    1601-1602Presumed composition of Twelfth Night or What You Will, All Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida
    160324 March: Death of Queen Elizabeth I and ascension of James I.
    The Chamberlain's Men are renamed The King's Men.
    Shakespeare is recorded as performing in Ben Jonson's Sejanus, Shakespeare's last recorded acting performance.
    1604Presumed composition of Measure for Measure and Othello.
    1605Presumed composition of King Lear and Macbeth.
    1607-1608Timon of Athens, Pericles and Coriolanusare composed. Shakespeare's daughter Susanna marries John Hall.
    1608The King's Men take on a twenty-one year lease of London's first permanently enclosed theater, the Blackfriars Playhouse.
    1608-10The return of the plague forces a closure of all playhouses from the spring of 1608 through to early 1610.
    1609-1610Cymbeline is thought to have been composed.
    1610-1611The Winter's Tale is written. The play is performed in 1611 at the Globe and again in November 1611 at the first Banqueting House. The play would also be performed in February 1613 as one of a number of entertainments to celebrate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick V.
    1613The Globe Theater burns to the ground during a performance of Henry VIII(alternative title: All is True).
    1614The second Globe Theater opens.
    1616The death of Shakespeare on 23 April. The burial occurs on 25 April at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
    1623The death of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.
    The publication of The First Folio by John Hemminges and Henry Condell.