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. ebts and Troubles

The Privy Council clamped down on broggers and suspended licensed wool-dealing. John Shakespeare fell into debt and mortgaged some of his property. He stopped attending Anglican services, claiming to be afraid of meeting creditors - and he may also have declared his faith as a Catholic. His application to the Heralds' College for a coat of arms was rejected , and he was eventually expelled from the Stratford council for absenteeism.

Will was by now attending the local grammar school and doing his bit to maintain the family honour.

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