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The main section on the Resource page is "Explore the Documents by Category." Each category and sub-category includes a short introduction to the documents.
Playwright, actor & shareholder
- Collaborations and (mis)attributions
- Contemporary accounts and critical responses to plays
- Plays in print
- Plays in the Stationers' Register
- Shakespeare's company
- Shakespeare's playhouses
- Poetry in print
- Poetry in the Stationers' Register
- Contemporary accounts and critical responses to poetry
Family, legal & property records
Filter by tags
The tags allow you to filter the complete resource by category, contributing institution, associated names, decade, Shakespeare's work, and medium.
Using one or more of the expandable menus under the "Filter by tag(s)" section, you can specify what sorts of items you want to see. For example, you could select "1590s" under Decade, and "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)" under People. Clicking "Submit," would return a list of all of the items in Shakespeare Documented that have BOTH the tags "1590s" and "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)."
If you want to see all of the items contributed by a particular institution, simply select the instituion under Repository, and click Submit, with no other filters selected.
View our instructional videos to see examples of using filters and finding related resources.
Navigate through Shakespeare Documented
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Learn More - Contextual Essays
Ever wonder how property transfers worked in Shakespeare's England? What about wills? And what's up with calling people "fellow"? Learn about all of that and more in these essays and resources:
- Shakespeare purchases New Place
- Lease for the site of the Globe Playhouse
- Shakespeare purchases the Blackfriars Gatehouse
- Shakespeare as taxpayer and tax defaulter
- Wills in Shakespeare's England
- Lawsuits in Shakespeare's England
- Fellow as title in Shakespeare's England
- Timeline of Shakespeare's life