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There is no documentary record of Shakespeares activities from the birth of the twins in 1585 until Robert Greenes complaint about him as an upstart crow in 1592 Biographers have therefore called these the lost years In fact there is nothing certain known about him from his birth in 1564 until 1592 except that he was married in 1582 fathered Susanna in 1583 and the twins Judith and Hamnet in 1585 and probably attended Stratford Grammar School The lack of details has not stopped authors from inventing tales as to how Shakespeare got from Stratford a young husband needing a way to support his growing family to London as the man to be reckoned with in the entertainment business A couple of these notions have some slight circumstantial evidence but it must be said that no one really knows how it happened and that what follows is largely speculationThe most commonly told story about Shakespeare leaving Stratford has it that he had to leave to escape prosecution for poaching deer on the lands of Sir Thomas Lucy and that later he revenged himself on Lucy in The Merry Wives of Windsor who he portrayed as Justice Shallow The story was started by a Gloucestershire clergyman name Richard Davies who around 1616 wrote that Shakespeare was much given to all unluckiness in stealing venison and rabbits particularly from Sir ----- Lucy Davies left out Sir Thomas first name who oft had him whipped and sometimes imprisoned and at last mad him fly his native country to his great advancement In 1709 Rowe picked up the story in his He had by a Misfortune common enough to young Fellows fallen into ill Company and amongst them some that made a frequent practice of Deer-stealing engagd him with them more than once in robbing a Park that belongd to Sir Thomas Lucy of Cherlecot near Stratford For this he was prosecuted by that Gentleman as he thought somewhat
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