The famous English playwright Shakespeare and are at the center of Ruled Britannia and "We Haven't Got There Yet", and are referenced in many other Harry Turtledove works.
- Anne Hathaway-wife of William, mother of Hamnet, Judith, and Susanna
- Kate (Ruled Britannia)-fictional love interest of William
- Hamnet Shakespeare-deceased son of William and Anne
- John Shakespeare-deceased father of William, father-in-law of Anne, grandfather of Hamnet, Judith, and Susanna
- Judith Shakespeare-daughter of William and Anne
- Susanna Shakespeare-daughter of William and Anne
- William Shakespeare-famous playwright, son of John, father of Hamnet, Judith, and Susanna, husband of Anne