Episode 4

William of Stratford Part 1: 'To You Your Father Should Be As a God’

Published on: 29th April, 2024

Episode 117:

‘To you your father should be as a God’.

-              A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1 Scene 1

The first of a series of episodes covering the biography of William of Stratford.

Richard Shakespeare – William’s grandfather

Richard Shakespeare – William’s uncle

John Shakespeare – William’s father

                  His move to Stratford Upon Avon

                  His trade as a glover

                  The question of the midden heap

                  Marriage to Mary Arden

                  The elder children of John and Mary Shakespeare

                  The question of William’s birthdate

                  The effect of the plague in Stratford that summer

                  The younger children of John and Mary Shakespeare

                  The business interests of John Shakespeare

                  The legal activates of John Shakespeare

                  The rise to become Mayor of Stratford

                  The application for a coat of arms

                  Accusations of usury

                  Financial worries

                  The withdrawal from the council and church

                  Final years and death

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