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What did Shakespeare's father do for a living?
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See the eNotes biography of Shakespeare, linked below. Here's what it says about his father:
His parents, John and Mary (Arden), were married about 1557; she was of the landed gentry, he a yeoman—a glover and commodities merchant. By 1568, John had risen through the ranks of town government and held the position of high bailiff, similar to mayor.
A glover is a glove maker. A commodities merchant is like a department store owner.
Posted by linda-allen on January 16, 2008 at 9:50 AM (Answer #1)
Shakespeare's father had many jobs, as a matter of fact. Some other interesting details:
He was a farmer.
He was the official town beer-taster.
He traded wool, and it is believed that he did this trading illegally.
He was a money lender - what might today be called a "loan shark".
John Shakespeare was fairly wealthy early on, but at some point he hit a low point. By the time Shakespeare was becoming a man, his father was losing respectability and out of the town records, meaning that he no longer held office.
Posted by sullymonster on January 16, 2008 at 11:28 AM (Answer #2)
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