William Shakespeare's Life in Stratford on Avon

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William Shakespeare was a man who lived a very interesting life. Most people may not realize all the hard work he went through, to become so renowned and still be remembered today after hundreds of years. Although some of the happenings in his life are unknown or lost, there are portions that scholars been able to piece together. First, his birth and family are important, as well as his schooling and childhood, and finally his married life.
First, Williams birth and family. It is said that William Shakespeare was born around April 23, 1564, in Stratford on Avon. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but people say around the 23 of April because he was baptized at the Holy Trinity church on April 26. Back then most baptisms took place about three days after a child was born.
William was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John Shakespeare made gloves, owned a general store and held high town offices such as mayor for a few years. Not much information is known about his mother Mary Arden other than that she’s from a farming family and is a higher class than John. His parents were married around 1557. Shakespeare was the third of 8 children. He had three brothers and four sisters. In 1558 John and Mary had their first child, a girl named Joan. Unfortunately, Joan only lived for about two months and then died from the Black Death plague that struck the town. Four years later, they had another daughter named Margaret. She lived for a year, but supposedly also died from the plague, although no one knows for sure. After Joan came William. He was their first son and the first of Mary and John’s children that survived to adulthood. After William came Gilbert, another son who lived to adulthood. In 1569, Mary...

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... of school early to help his father in the store. It’s astounding that he is still known today for all his accomplishments when he didn’t even finish school. Now, hopefully, a little more light has been shed on Shakespeare’s family, school and his married life.

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