The Life and Works of William Shakespeare
Childhood, Education, and Marriage
William Shakespeare was born in a market town one hundred miles northwest of London, by the name of Stratford-upon-Avon on April twenty-second or twenty- third, in the year fifteen sixty-four. After his third to fourth day of life he was baptized in his hometown on the twenty sixth of April, fifteen sixty-four. Although, there is no positive evidence on the subject, the Stratford parish registers attest that he was baptized on April, twenty six. "The poet William's, the first son and third child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, birthday is generally accepted on April twenty third, which mainly appears on the ground as the day of his death (Lee p. 8). His father, John Shakespeare, indulged in a bit of farming, wood trading, tanning, leatherwork, and money lending from time to time.
He also held a series of authoritative positions before plunging into deficit in the late fifteen eighties. John decided to endorse himself with a social status by marrying William's mother, Mary, who was the daughter of a noble landowner. Their marriage took place at Ashton Cantlowe, the parish church of Wilmcote, in the autumn of fifteen fifty-seven (Lee p. 7). As stated above, William was the third of eight Shakespeare children, in which three died at infancy. Although, no records of Will's education remain in this day and age, it's likely that he studied Latin grammar and classics. He, along with three other brothers was entitled to a free tuition at the grammar school of Stratford, which was reestablished on a mediaeval foundation by Edward IV (Lee p.12). In November, fifteen eighty-two, William married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was at...