Today in the Middle Ages: May 26, 1583

William and Anne Shakespeare's firstborn child, Susannah, was baptized on May 26, 1583. She was the first of three children. Her brother Hamnet died in childhood, but Susannah and her sister Judith survived to old age.

William had married Anne Hathaway six months before Susannah's birth, when he was 18 and she was 26. Whether or not Susannah's expected arrival was the cause of the wedding, her father appears to have cared for her. He left her the majority of his property.