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May 11, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: First set of depositions, on Bellott's behalf, including Shakespeare's signature
Shown here is the first round of depositions, dated May 11, 1612, given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
February 3, 1612
Gilbert, William Shakespeare’s brother, was buried on February 3, 1612, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Next to the entry, an “X” added by a later hand highlights its significance. He was 45 years old.
January 28, 1612
Shown here is Stephen Bellott’s Bill of Complaint dated January 28, 1612, the first of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
February 3, 1612
Shown here is Christopher Mountjoy’s Answer, dated February 2, 1612, the second of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
May 5, 1612
Shown here is Stephen Bellott’s Replication, dated May 5, 1612, the third of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
In An Apology for Actors, published in 1612, Thomas Heywood, a poet and playwright contemporary to Shakespeare, complains about William Jaggard’s The Passionate Pilgrim and appears to imply Shakespeare’s grievances as well.
Shown here is Christopher Mountjoy’s Rejoinder, the fourth of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
The playwright John Webster included Shakespeare in the list of dramatists he admired in his preface to The White Devil, printed in 1612 by Nicholas Okes for Thomas Archer. Webster asserts his support of his contemporaries (image 3: A2v):
In 1612, William Jaggard published a third edition of The Passionate Pilgrim. Like the second edition, the third edition asserts “By W. Shakespeare.” on its title page.
May 15, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: Order to publish first set of depositions on Bellott's behalf and for the case hearing
Shown here is the first of three orders given by the Court of Requests, dated May 15, 1612, in Bellott v. Mountjoy.