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Shakespeare's father, John, came to Stratford-upon-Avon before 1532 as an apprentice glover and tanner of leathers. John Shakespeare prospered and became rich. He bought a house in 1552 and bought other houses in 1556. Because John Shakespeare had three houses, the exact location of William's birth is not for certain.
William Shakespeare est issu d'une famille bourgeoise de Stratford.
Sometime between 1556 and 1558, John Shakespeare married Mary Arden. Although John and Mary didn't know how to read and write, they became important members of the community and got free education for their children.