William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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  • his father, John, was a crypto-catholic, meaning he hid his true religion until death
  • he had three children; Judith, Susanna (both are Catholic names) and Hamnet
  • he disappeared from parish registers suggesting he was out of the country, and only when the Queen passes the law that anyone studying abroad in a catholic university  would lose their religion does he reppear
  • he was supposedly a tutor for a Catholic family
  • he gosparents were suspected to be Catholic


  • most of his narratives were not completely fictional, the majority were based on historical events
  • the characters


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