Life of William Shakespeare

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On April 26, 1564, John Shakespeare's son, William, was baptized at the Stratford Parish Church. No one knows for certain when his birthday was. It was thought that young Shakespeare began attending school at the age 7, in Stratford. Before Shakespeare reached the age of 13, his family endured hardships. Shakespeare's formal schooling ended. At that time, William may have begun helping his father in the gloving business. At a young age, Shakespeare may have viewed annual plays and seen traveling artists. These performances possibly influenced his love for plays. William Shakespeare was an Englishman who wrote poems and plays. According to many, he was labeled as one of "the greatest dramatists the world has ever known and the finest poets" who wrote in the English language. Shakespeare's work relied mostly on his instincts of nature. His understanding of other people allowed him to fully grasp the quality he wrote of.

Shakespeare had two sisters. Joan died in 1562; Margaret died at infancy. Then in 1566 Gilbert was born. In 1569 a second child named Joan was born; in 1571 came Anne, who died when she was eight year's old. Richard was then born in 1574 followed by Edmund in 1580. William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. Anne was at least 8 years younger then him. The marriage record dates November 27, 1582 in an Episcopal register found in Worchester. Shakespeare and his wife probably had a good and happy marriage. She gave birth only 6 months after they were legally wed. Shakespeare's son named Hamnet was only 11 years old when he died. He also had a daughter named Judith. Judith Shakespeare had 3 sons who died at young ages.

Between 1585 and 1592, there was no account of a man named William Shakespeare...