The Tudor Society

September 8 – The burial of John Shakespeare, father of William Shakespeare

On this day in Tudor history, 8th September 1601, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, John Shakespeare, father of playwright William Shakespeare, was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

John Shakespeare was a glover and whittawer from Stratford, and he was also an important man in the town. He'd served as high bailiff, chief alderman and deputy bailiff, and had been given the right to educate his children at the local grammar school for free.

He wasn't just an upstanding member of the town, though, he also ran into trouble at times...

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