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Shakespeare's Will
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2258  Monday, 1 December 2003

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Dec 2003 02:34:49 -0800
Subject:        Shakespeare's Will

The Public Record Office's Documents Online site offers a nice color PDF
of Shakespeare's three-page will:
http://www.documentsonline.pro.gov.uk/shakespeare.pdf  In Acrobat Reader
you can zoom to about 400% before resolution gets too fuzzy.

BTW you can now access the one million wills proved 1384-1858 by the
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which handled "the relatively wealthy
individuals living mainly in the south of England and most of Wales
(what was originally the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury)."  You
can search the index (free), by first and last name, place, occupation,
and date.  These "PCC wills" can be scanned on demand for online
viewing--a mere 

 

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