Shakespeares Secret by Elise BroachA missing diamond, a mysterious neighbor, a link to Shakespeare-can Hero uncover the connections?
When Hero starts sixth grade at a new school, shes less concerned about the literary origins of her Shakespearean name than about the teasing shes sure to suffer because of it. So she has the same name as a girl in a book by a dusty old author. Hero is simply not interested in the connections.
But thats just the thing; suddenly connections are cropping up all over, and odd characters and uncertain pasts are exactly what do fascinate Hero. Theres a mysterious diamond hidden in her new house, a curious woman next door who seems to know an awful lot about it, and then, well, then theres Shakespeare. Not to mention Danny Cordova, only the most popular boy in school. Is it all in keeping with her namesakes origin-just much ado about nothing? Hero, being Hero, is determined to figure it out.
In this fast-paced novel, Elise Broach weaves an intriguing literary mystery full of historical insights and discoveries.
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10 Mysteries of William Shakespeare!!
John Shakespeare c. He was a glover and whittawer leather worker by trade. Shakespeare was elected to several municipal offices, serving as an alderman and culminating in a term as bailiff , the chief magistrate of the town council , and mayor of Stratford in , before he fell on hard times for reasons unknown. He married Mary Arden , with whom he had eight children, five of whom survived into adulthood. He was the son of Richard Shakespeare of the Warwickshire village of Snitterfield , a farmer. John Shakespeare moved to Stratford-upon-Avon in , where he became a successful businessman involved in several related occupations.
John Shakespeare was the father of William Shakespeare. John was probably born in the s, the son of successful farmer Richard Shakespeare from Snitterfield a village around two miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. John began to acquire property in Stratford in on both Greenhill Street and Henley Street — the latter containing the plot where Shakespeare's Birthplace still stands. He went on to marry Mary Arden from Wilmcote in and together they would have eight children. Their two daughters born before William did not survive infancy and another daughter died while still a child. This acquisition of freehold property marked the start of a prosperous climb for John. Alongside his fatherly and civic roles, John kept a trade as one of the 22 glovemakers in Stratford.
The new research suggests that, far from going bust, John Shakespeare was reinvesting in wool and making even more money than ever, some of it via shady deals. The minute they try to talk about money or numbers, it becomes almost incomprehensible. The Shakespeare family never fell into poverty. Fallow, born in Glasgow, read law at Aberdeen University before working in finance for some 20 years. He also headed two money management companies in the US with multi-billion-dollar assets, making enough money to take early retirement aged 45, some 15 years ago.
Since William Shakespeare lived more than years ago, and many records from that time are lost or never existed in the first place, we don't know everything about his life. For example, we know that he was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, miles northwest of London, on April 26, But we don't know his exact birthdate, which must have been a few days earlier.
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William was the third child and their first son. John Shakespeare was ambitious; at the age of 20, not content with a life of farming he moved to the urban centre of Stratford. Four years later he married Mary Arden
Shakespeare's Parents Shakespeare's father, John, came to Stratford from Snitterfield before as an apprentice glover and tanner of leathers. John Shakespeare prospered and began to deal in farm products and wool. It is recorded that he bought a house in the date that he first appears in the town records , and bought more property in Because John Shakespeare owned one house on Greenhill Street and two houses on Henley Street, the exact location of William's birth cannot be known for certain. Sometime between and John Shakespeare married Mary Arden, the daughter of the wealthy Robert Arden of Wilmecote and owner of the sixty-acre farm called Asbies. The wedding would have most likely taken place in Mary Arden's parish church at Aston Cantlow, the burial place of Robert Arden, and, although there is no evidence of strong piety on either side of the family, it would have been a Catholic service, since Queen Mary I was the reigning monarch. We assume neither John nor Mary could write -- John used a pair of glovers' compasses as his signature while Mary used a running horse -- but it did not prevent them from becoming important members of the community.
Page Back. His father, Richard Shakespeare, was a tenant farmer who worked on various sections of land, one of which was owned by the wealthy Robert Arden of Wilmecote. John worked as a farmer with his father but in he moved to Stratford to set up business trading in wool, malt and corn. His businesses tied in well with his father with his father producing the goods and John trading in the retail side. John was skilled in both leatherworking and the curing and processing of fine leather to make ladies gloves and purses for the nobility and traded as a Glover and Whittawer.