William Shakespeare was thought to have been born on April 23, 1564. At the time of his birth, babies were not formally registered and birth certificates were not produced but we do know that children were to be baptized three days after their birth and his baptism was the 26th, therefore, that is where the date comes from (Literary Genius). Shakespeare was one of eight children, which was actually quite small for a family of his time since families lived in fear of the child mortality rate (“Shakespeare Facts”). The only one of Shakespeare’s siblings to survive him was Joan II. She was named after her older sister, who died after only two months of life.
The “lost years” is a time period in which there is no factual record of what William Shakespeare did or how he went about his life. In the future, researchers and historians may discover more about the “lost years” of William Shakespeare’s life. “We know very little about Shakespeare's life during two major spans of time, commonly referred to as the "lost years": 1578-82 and 1585-92. The first period covers the time after Shakespeare left grammar school, until his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November of 1582. The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays.” (Mabillard n.p.).
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Although there are no official records of Shakespeare's birth and education, there are records of his baptism, marriage, death and other datable records which helped estimate his date of birth. William Shakespeare was christened at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford approximately three days after his birth. At the age of eighteen William Shakespeare received a marriage license from The Bishop of Worcester making Ann Hathaway his wife and together they had three children. Suffering from an unknown illness, William Shakespeare died on his fifty-second birthday being considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, although many facts about his life remain shrouded in mystery (William Shakespeare). Based on available records we can conclude that William Shakespeare did indeed exist, but his authorship has been put to question.
Many people believe he wrote the plays that are in his name but as research shows he did not have the right education, he did not have the means, motive, or opportunity, and he did not publish any of his plays while he was alive. Since William Shakespeare did not have the right education it is impossible for him to write these plays the way they were written. For example, according to Amanda Mabillard’s article “Shakespeare likely had some lessons in English, Latin, composition and the study of Latin authors like Seneca, Cicero, Ovid, Virgil, and Horace which would have been the focus of his literary training” (Mabillard para. 3). Even though he had basic education in elementary teachings, the education he had is not enough to write these plays so strategically, and with words so advanced.