William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564 in Upon-Avon Stratford, England and three days later he was baptized at local Holy Trinity Church. William was the third child of John Shakespeare who was a leather merchant and Mary Arden a heiress in the nearby village. William had four sisters and three brothers. As he grew older he attended King’s New School in Stratford, this was where his interest in theatre came in and uplifted his knowledge and determination to produce plays.
While William was attending King’s New School his Latin language became fluent along with his English which was already taught to him by his parents, he quickly learned the grammar he needed to understand and write Latin. As Nicholas Rowe claims that William “acquir’d that little Latin he was Master of” Nicholas wrote this in 1709. William’s teachers were predominantly Catholic so this might have influenced his education by their beliefs. He was also involved in Greek and Latin classical drama at the end of school terms which might perhaps gave him his first aspect of acting. William was a bright student who grasped everything so quickly but unfortunately he was released from school at the age of approximately 14 due to financial problems of his father.
Besides his parents who you may already know his siblings were; Joan, Margaret, Gilbert, Joan (second named daughter named Joan,) Anne, Richard and Edmund. William had other family as well. William married Anne Hathaway who lived a mile away from William and would see each other at the local market from time to time. William was approximately 18 when he married Anne while she was eight years older than him. This was illegal at the time but after a few conflicts through the Church and parents they managed to get married. Just six months after the marriage William and Anne were the parents of their first daughter – Susanna. Two years later Anne gave birth to two twins, Hamnet and Judith.