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WHO WAS HAMNET SHAKESPEARE?


Shakespeare Family Tree

William Shakespeare was a man of many mysteries. Despite being the most well known author in history, historians know relatively little about Shakespeare’s personal life. There are strewn facts and unusual circumstances that cloud the playwright in mystery, from questioning the authorship of his plays and poems to his family life in Stratford-upon-Avon. However, we do know Shakespeare had one son. His name was Hamnet.

Hamnet Shakespeare was born in the early months of 1585 to William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, along with his twin sister, Judith. The twins exact birthdate is unknown, but they are records of their baptism on February 2nd, 1585 in the Holy Trinity Church.

After the birth of his twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he relocated to London in 1589 to pursue his acting and writing career. This period is often dubbed Shakespeare’s Lost Years as biographers work of hearsay to and inconsistent records to piece together the Bard’s early family life in Stratford-upon-Avon. Because of this, little is known about his children and Hamnet especially is shrouded in mystery.

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