Shakespeare was born in England in April of 1564 in the small town of Stratford of Avon. Interestingly, we have many legal and business records about Shakespeare showing his marriage, the birth of his children, property he owned, his will, business documents concerning the Globe theater, records of other places his plays were performed, and, of course, early copies of his plays and poems.
The frustrating aspect of Shakespeare's biography is the lack of information that has come down to us about his personal or interior life: we have no personal letters, for example, that he wrote to friends or family, and no diaries or journals that he kept. Therefore, we have very little idea what he was thinking when he was writing his plays. We have, for instance, no direct evidence of his religious beliefs, his politics, or what most drove him to achieve. Therefore, scholars scour his plays and poetry for hints of what he might have been like. This has led to many conflicting theories, such as that he was a secret Catholic sympathizer—others will argue he was a fervent Protestant. As there is no real way of knowing, the debates about will no doubt continue. If someone were to find a personal letter, say, that he wrote, that would be an event of extraordinary importance in the literary world.