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William Shakespeare was born in an English market town called Stratford-upon-Avon in the year 1564 His baptism was recorded on April 26 1564 and in view of the fact that babies are usually baptized on the third day it is commonly thought that he was born on April 23 though there is no actual account of this Being the third child after two daughters that had died John and Mary Shakespeare were worried that William would not live either John was a rather flourishing glovemaker and trader of wool hides and grain He owned at least five houses in Stratford and held several offices in town He became mayor when William was four years old Shakespeares mother Mary Arden the daughter of a landowner had five more children after William Though it is not certain it is highly probable considering his fathers position that Shakespeare attended Stratford Grammar School which was free to the children of the citizens of the town In those days the school days were long and the boys primarily studied Latin and Greek literature William left school when he was fourteen or fifteen when his father began to have financial struggles which perpetuated the rest of his life Shakespeare did not engage in any further formal education he never attended a university and was not considered to be a truly educated man What William did in the years following his departure of school are unknown There are many probable theories but there are no records of where he was or what he was doing at this time On November 27 a license was issued for the marriage of William Shakespeare to Anne Hathaway She gave birth to a daughter Susanna six months later Two years after that the twins Hamnet and Judith were born During the late 1580s and early 1590s Shakespeare traveled back and forth between London and Stratford-on-Avon By 1592 Shakespeare was fairly well known and recognized
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