The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0796 Wednesday, 31 March 2004
From: Peter Bridgman <
Date: Tuesday, 30 Mar 2004 21:05:18 +0100
Subject: 15.0753 Bearman on Will
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0753 Bearman on Will
A question that none of the biographers seems to have asked is why the
testament wasn't buried along with John's corpse in 1601 ....
"I John Shakespear have made this present writing of protestation,
confession and charter, in presence of the blessed Virgin Mary, my angel
guardian, and all the celestial court, as witness hereunto: the which my
meaning is, that it be of full value now presently and forever, with the
force and virtue of testament, codicil, and donation in cause of death;
confirming it anew, being in perfect health of soul and body, and signed
with mine own hand; carrying also the same about me; and for the better
declaration hereof, my will and intention is that it be finally buried
with me after my death. Pater noster, Ave Maria, Credo. Jesu, son of
David, have mercy on me. Amen."
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