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Shakespeare In the year of 1564 the man known as William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon England The exact date of birth is unknown but is traditionally celebrated on the 23 of April To Englanders this day is known as The Feast of St George The third-born of eight children to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden Shakespeare William was their eldest son John Shakespeare was a glove-maker and a tanner Earlier in his life John had served a term as the mayor of Stratford was a town councilman one of Stratfords justices of peace and an ale taster John unfortunately could not write In 1601 when William was 37 years old John Shakespeare died William inherited what small portions of land John had come to own in his lifetime being the eldest of John and Marys sons Very little is known about Mary Arden Shakespeares life Although she is known to have come from a wealthy family Marys family also paid John a very gracious dowry William Shakespeare went to an excellent grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon Two Oxford graduates were instructors there Shakespeare was fortunate to get both of them as teachers Their names were Simon Hunt and Thomas Jenkins William Studied the languages of Greek and Latin He had also acquired a razor sharp awareness of both mankind and nature This is believed to be his last type of formal education On the day November 27 1582 when Shakespeare was a mere 18 years of age he was wed to Anne Hathaway She was 28 when they got married Their first child was a girl by the name of Susanna born May 26 1583 Two years later William and Anne had twins named Judith and Hamnet Tragically Hamnet died at the age of 11 It is not known why he died Between the years of 1585 and 1592 there is no evidence of Shakespeares or the rest of his familys lives
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