Earlier this month we visited Stratford-upon-Avon the town where Shakespeare was born. Stratford-upon-Avon is located in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon.
Shakespeare was born in April 23, 1564. He died on April 23, 1616, at the age of 52.
Although there are no records of Shakespeare’s education it is assumed that he attended; King Edward VI Grammar School from the age of 7 until the age of 14 in 1578.
The courses were taught in Latin and students were expected to converse in Latin during the long school day.
Shakespeare was born on Henley Street.
This is the original floor that Shakespeare walked on in his birth home.
One of our most enjoyable events while we were visiting Stratford-upon-Avon was attending a performance of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. The Play was performed in the Swan Theatre.
This classic story of the struggle of a man who has sold his soul to the devil for a few years of fulfilling his every carnal desire was poignant and revealing. Whatever the poor deceived Doctor’s wishes and desires were, Mephistophilis was careful to fulfill according the letter of the contract…but certainly not what Dr. Faustus had imagined the fulfillment to be!
We were all sitting close to the stage with Jonathon and I sitting with our knees touching it. Jonathon even became a part of the performance when a piece of chalk that Dr. Faustus had flung hit him!
Faustus and Mephistophilis were interchangeable in the two lead roles and this was determined by they’re meeting on the stage at the beginning of the performance and both lighting a match. The match that burned the longest was Mephistophilis. Faustus and Mephistophilis were totally dependent on each other.
The church of the Holy Trinity is where Shakespeare is buried.
I thought the statues modeled from prominent characters in Shakespeare’s Plays were fascinating!
As you can see from the above picture…I was so inspired by Shakespeare…I now have what I affectionately call, Portable Shakespeare.