Background\ family and friends
William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. He was baptized on April 24, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, three of whom died in childhood. John was a well-known merchant and Mary was the daughter of a Roman Catholic member of the gentry, or high social position. In 1582, after his school years ended, he married Anne Hathaway. She was the daughter of a farmer. It is said that Anne Hathaway was pregnant when the marriage license was issued by the Bishop of Worcester on November 27, 1582, because his daughter, Susanna, was baptized in Holy Trinity six months later. William and Anne were somewhat less than ardent lovers. They only had two more children. They were twins named Hamnet and Judith. They were baptized on February 2, 1585. The boy however, eventually did not live.
Background\ Home and Environment
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. The house where Shakespeare spent his childhood stood adjacent to he wool shop in which his father had a successful trade as a glover and dealer in leather goods and other commodities. Before moving to Stratford sometime prior to 1552 John Shakespeare had been a farmer in the neighboring village of Snitterfield. Whether he was able to read and write is uncertain so it is unlikely he encouraged William to pursue academics. By marrying Mary Arden, the daughter of his father's landlord, he acquired the... [continues]
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