26.4.64 Having a bawl...

Screaming wailing William Shakespeare was baptised today at Holy Trinity Church - and what a racket! They wrote his name in the register: 'Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere.' Perhaps, like most of us Elizabethans, you never learned Latin - but still you get the idea. It just means: 'William, son of John Shakespeare.' I'll show you...

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Binding and a page from Stratford's parish register - plus part of the text that records the occasion.skip navigation

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