William Shakespeare - What work did he take up during the First Lost Years?
At this point the conjecture has to start. We have no documented evidence to link William with any specific job or trade. There are several options and views:
- He helped his father in the family business (leathers and grains)
- He took a job as a law clerk
- He worked as a schoolmaster
- He worked work as a scrivener
- He travelled to Italy
- He served as a soldier or sailor for an England threatened by Spain
The reason for this diverse selection of opinions was that the content of his plays required a significant knowledge of the law, astronomy, the sea and of Italy. Scholars have rationalised that some of this experience might have been acquired during his first ' lost years' .
William Shakespeare - Links to Acting
It is possible that William Shakespeare first became involved with acting during his schooldays and during the First Lost Years. Entertainment in Stratford during the Elizabethan era was somewhat limited. But we do know that various acting troupes visited Stratford during this period and that William Shakepeare would have been acquainted with them. Acting Troupes required venue licenses to put on their plays and, in Stratford, these were obtained from Stratford Guild Hall via the Bailiff would have been responsible for this task. In 1568 William Shakespeare' s father, John, was elected Bailiff or Mayor of Stratford! So William Shakespeare's father would most certainly have met the actors in the various troupes which visited Stratford. And William would have come into close contact with the acting fraternity from a very young age continuing in to the first lost years.
William Shakespeare - The end of the ' First Lost Years ' 1585 - 1592
The period of uncertainty regarding the life of Shakespeare' s and the First Lost Years end with the documented records of his hasty marriage to Anne Hathaway. The section relating to the marriage of Anne Hathaway includes a comprehensive biography based on documented evidence and life in Elizabethan England. This logically leads on to the Children of William Shakespeare
Biography of William Shakespeare - His courtship, wedding and marriage to Anne Hathaway
Biography of Anne Hathaway - Wife of Shakespeare - her family, life in Stratford, marriage, children and grandchildren
William Shakespeare Biography - The Lost Years 1582 - 1592 between marriage to Anne Hathaway and the London Theatre
William Shakespeare Biography - The Lost Years 1578 - 1582