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Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s Childhood. By Suzie Kim. William Shakespeare. Birth. Born in April, 1564 in Stratford (exact date of birth unknown) Record exists of Shakespeare’s baptism on April 26 th 1564

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Born in April, 1564 in Stratford (exact date of birth unknown)

Record exists of Shakespeare’s baptism on April 26th 1564

Third child of eight born from John & Mary Shakespeare, first son, and the first to survive past infancy


John Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s father, was a glove maker who was also related to wool dealing and money lending

Was a prosperous craftsman, businessman, and a leading townsman

Mary Arden, Shakespeare’s mother, was a well land owner’s daughter in a branch of an aristocratic family

education petty school
Education : Petty School

Attended a petty junior school, where it was the starting point of education for five year olds

Was educated by the help of a “horn book”

Richer citizens took progress, to the town’s local grammar school

the horn book
The Horn Book

Horn book is a small wooden board with a handle comprised with the basic text of the alphabet, the Lord’s Prayers, and the Ten Commandments

education grammar school
Education : Grammar School
  • Attended Stratford’s Grammar School (King’s New School – dedicated by Edward VI) at the age of seven
  • John Shakespeare ensured that his son would take full advantage of the education available in his home by attending local schools
  • Curriculum was to teach pupils Latin, both spoken and written
  • Predicted that Shakespeare’s obvious mastery and love for Latin authors came from the fulfilled education of the grammar school
grammar school
Grammar School

The Courtyard of King Edward VI Grammar School

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