Queen Elizabeth became queen in 1558, 6 years before William was born. She liked peace and did not want war.
William was born around the year 1564, in Stratford-upon Avon, England, but the exact date of his birth remains unknown. Queen Elizabeth was queen during the time he was born.
When William was just a few months old the bubonic plague swept through London and, fortunately, he survived it ,along with his parents.
Will's father became high bailiff when Will was 4 years old. A bailiff is like the mayor which is a position of great honor.
The Queen's Men, an acting group, came to Stratford to perform and Will enjoyed it and William's father, as high bailiff, allowed them to perform in town.
Will probably started school at five years old and he went to The King's New School.
Learning Latin was very important and Will began learning it at 7 years old.
When Will was eleven years old, Queen Elizabeth visited a nearby castle and there actors performed by dressing as princesses and beasts.
Will's family suffered from economic problems due to the collapse of the wool trade.
Will meets Anne Hathaway and they get married. Anne was 8 years older than him because, at the time, she was 26 while Will was 18.