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For all his fame and celebration William Shakespeare remains a mysterious figure with regards to personal history 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 and 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 alderman 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 While there are no records extant to prove this claim Shakespeares knowledge of Latin and Classical Greek would tend to support this theory In addition Shakespeares first biographer Nicholas Rowe wrote that John Shakespeare had placed William for some time in a free school John Shakespeare as a Stratford official would have been granted a waiver of tuition for his son As the records do not exist we do not know how long William attended the school but certainly the literary quality of his works playshtml suggest a solid education What is certain is that William Shakespeare never proceeded to university schooling which has stirred some of the debate concerning the authorship debateshtml 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 Hamnet and Judith born February 2 1585 and christened at Holy Trinity Hamnet died in childhood
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