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Virtual Tour: Shakespeare Birthday Lecture VIII: John Harvard

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Virtual tour: William Shakespeare grew up with John Harvard's mother in Stratford Upon Avon and when he had started to make a living in London as an actor and playwright, introduced her to his butcher Robert Harvard whom she married.  The boy was educated at St Olave's School in Southwark and subsequently at Cambridge where he adopted puritan ideas. When his parents died he inherited the businesses including the butcher's shop and a pub, sold them and bought a pile of books with which he sailed to America on a one-way ticket in 1630, ten years after the Mayflower. He died the following year but his books became the library which started Harvard University.....








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