Shakespeare's Mother The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman (2015)
Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood charts the story of Mary Arden, the mother of William Shakespeare. Born during the reign of Henry VIII, she was the daughter of a Warwickshire farmer, and found herself part of the burgeoning middle class in Stratford-upon-Avon following her marriage to wool and hide dealer John Shakespeare. Together, they had eight children – three of whom died young – and her husband went on to become mayor before he was declared bankrupt, and they financial ruin, religious persecution and power politics – until they were rescued by their eldest son William.
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