Baptismal record of William Shakespeare, via

The parish registers of Stratford-upon-Avon record the baptism, on April 26, 1564, of “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere,” and the burial, on April 25, 1616, of “Will Shakspere, gent.” Despite the Latin, both entries were made by Protestant clergy, and the ceremonies were conducted according to the rites prescribed in the prayer book published in 1559, which remained in use until 1645 when it was banned by Cromwell’s parliament. The registration of Shakespeare’s marriage to...

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