A previously unknown folio surfaces at a small library in northern France, bringing the world’s known total of surviving first folios to 233. American Shakespeare expert Eric Rasmussen:
This is huge. First folios don’t turn up very often, and when they do, it’s usually a really chewed up, uninteresting copy. But this one is magnificent.
Exactly 52 years after the day of his birth, Shakespeare dies of a fever, supposedly induced by an excess of drinking, one of his contemporaries says
Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted.
He dies in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon and is buried in the Holy Trinity Church. Upon his tombstone his own words are engraved.
Good friend for Jesus sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here!
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones
The couple pay a forty pound bond for their marriage in Stratford-upon-Avon. Hathaway is eight years older than Shakespeare, and there are allegations that she is pregnant at the time of marriage.
William Shakespeare is born of John and Mary Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He is their third child, however his two younger sisters die prior to his birth, the presumed cause being plague. John is an Alderman and Bailiff, and Mary is a housewife. As such he is educated at a local grammar school, where he first develops his love of writing.