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For all his fame and celebration William Shakespeare remains a mysterious figure with regards to personal history There are just two primary sources for information on the Bard his works and various legal and church documents which have survived fr Elizabethan times Naturally there are many gaps in this body of information which tells us little about Shakespeare the man William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon allegedly on April 23 1564 Church records from Holy Trinity Church indicate that he was baptized there on April 26 1564 Young William was born of John Shakespeare a glover and leather merchant d Mary Arden a landed heiress William according to the church register was the third of eight children the Shakespeare household--three of whom died in childhood John Shakespeare had a remarkable run of success as a merchant and later as an alderm and high bailiff of Stratford during Williams early childhood His fortunes declined however in the 1570s There is great conjecture about Shakespeares childhood years especially regarding his education It is surmised by scholars that Shakespeare attended the free grammar school in Stratford which at the time had a reputation to rival Eton What is certain is that William Shakespeare never proceeded to university schooling which has stirred some of the debate concerning the authorship of his works The next documented event in Shakespeares life is his marriage to Anne Hathaway on November 28 1582 William was 18 at the time and Anne was 26--and pregnant Their first daughter Susanna was born on May 26 1583 The couple later had twins Hamne and Judith born February 2 1585 and christened at Holy Trinity Hamnet died in childhood at the age of 11 on August 11 1596 For seven years William Shakespeare effectively disappears from all records turning up in London circa 1592 This has sparked as much
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