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  • Richard Shakespeare (1490 - 1561)
    Shakespeare (1490–d. before 10 February 1561) was a husbandman of Snitterfield, Warwickshire, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-northeast of Stratford-upon-Avon, and the father of John Shakespeare and the grandfa...
  • John Shakespeare (1537 - 1601)
    Shakespeare, William (DNB00) - Wikisource, the free online library Feb 23, 2011 - The great mediæval guild of St. Anne at Knowle, whose members included the leading inhabitants of Warwickshire, was joi...
  • Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby (c.1559 - 1594)
    Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby== Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby (c. 1559 – 16 April 1594) was the son of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby and Lady Margaret Clifford. According to the will...
  • Edward Arden, Esq. (c.1542 - 1583)
    Edward Arden (taken from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia) An English Catholic, executed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, b. 1542 (?); d. 1583. He was the head of a family which had been prominent...
  • William Sheldon (deceased)
    William, son of Edward Sheldon, purchased the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (Burdett-Vourts copy now in the Folger Library). Levi Peter, The Life and Times of William Shakespeare : Macmillan, Lond...


Shakespeare's Times

Interesting Early Shakespearean London Players & Theater Owners

~• many of whom were related

  • Richard Burbage & his grand daughter Mary Saunderson, the wife of
  • Thomas Betterton, employed by
  • Sir William Davenant

The Life and Times of Shakespeare

See Levi Peter, The Life and Times of William Shakespeare: Macmillan, London, 1988, ISBN 10: 0333435842 / ISBN 13: 9780333435847 for family trees and connections to the Gunpowder Plot conspirators

Shakespeare's Use of History

Many of the plays of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) are dramatizations of historical events, while others contain a kernel of history or allusions to history.


See also: Macbeth - Historical Context of Shakespeare's Play

The Stuart Line back to King Arthur through Fleance & Banquo

Fleance and his father Banquo are both fictional characters presented as historical fact by Hector Boece, whose Scotorum Historiae (1526–27) was a source for Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, a history of the British Isles popular in Shakespeare's time. In the Chronicles, Fleance—in fear of Macbeth—flees to Wales and marries Nesta verch Gruffydd, daughter of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, the last native Prince of Wales.
They have a son named Walter who makes his way back to Scotland and is appointed Royal Steward. According to legend, he fathered the Stuart monarchs of England and Scotland.

The Stuarts used their connection with Fleance and his marriage to the Welsh princess to claim a genealogical link with the legendary King Arthur. This, they hoped, would strengthen the legitimacy of their throne.[3] In 1722, however, Richard Hay, a Scottish historian, presented strong evidence that not only was James not a descendant of Fleance, but also that both Fleance and Banquo never even existed. Most modern scholars now agree that Fleance is not a real historical figure.