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More is known about Shakespeare than any other professional dramatist of his time Some of the established facts are detailed below and further information may be found in the standard biographies and bibliographies A useful summary is included in the General Introduction to the Complete Works edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor Oxford Clarendon Press 1988 A timeline is available at Terry Grays website Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet If you are coming to Stratford with a group the Shakespeare Birthplace Trusts Education Department can arrange a lecture for you on Shakespeares life and times Shakespeares Stratford by Dr Pat Hughes 1994 William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon Located in the centre of England the town was and still is an important river-crossing settlement and market centre The register of Stratfords Holy Trinity Church records Shakespeares baptism on 26 April He is traditionally said to have been born on 23 April PARENTSFAMILY His father John trained as a glove-maker and married Mary Arden the daughter of Robert Arden a farmer from the nearby village of Wilmcote John and Mary set up home in Henley Street Stratford in the house now known as Shakespeares Birthplace John Shakespeare was a prominent citizen serving on the town council for many years and becoming Bailiff or Mayor in 1568 Besides his craft as a glover he traded as a wool dealer and was also involved in money-lending John and Mary lost two children before William was born They had five more children another of whom died young EDUCATION Shakespeares School Room King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon As the son of a leading townsman William almost certainly attended Stratfords petty or junior school before progressing perhaps at the age of seven to the Grammar School which still stands The grammar schools curriculum was geared to teaching pupils Latin both spoken and written The classical
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