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Hamnet Shakespeare

Birthplace: Stratford, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Bubonic plague
Place of Burial: Stratford, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of WIlliam Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Anne Hathaway and Anne Hathaway
Brother of Susana Shakespeare; Judith Shakespeare; Susanna Hall and Judith Quiney

Managed by: Betty Mac Lain
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About Hamnet Shakespeare


Little is known about the life of William Shakespeare's son Hamnet. He was raised in his grandfather's house predominantly by his mother Anne as his father's work in the theatre was based in London. There are no records that show that Hamnet Shakespeare ever attended a school although it was customary for a boy from Hamnet's background to have had an education. Neither of Hamnet's sisters had an education and neither of them were able to read or write. There were constant outbreaks of the  Bubonic Plague, otherwise known as the Black Death or the Black Plague, during Elizabethan times and in 1596 Hamnet contracted the deadly disease and died at the age of eleven. Shakespeare's son Hamnet was buried in Stratford on August 11, 1596. (1)


  1. http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-children-and-grandchildren.htm
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Hamnet Shakespeare's Timeline

February 2, 1582
February 2, 1585
Stratford, Warwickshire, England
February 2, 1585
Holy Trinity,Stratford,upon-Avon,Warwickshire
August 11, 1596
Age 11
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
August 11, 1596
Age 11
Stratford, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom