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May 22, 1615
Sir Thomas Bendish, William Shakespeare et al. v. Matthew Bacon relating to the title to property in Blackfriars: Decree of Chancery
In 1613 William Shakespeare, with the assistance of three trustees, purchased the gatehouse in the Blackfriars neighborhood of London, evidently as an investment.
October 9, 1615
Ostler v. Heminges, a lawsuit regarding shares in the Globe and Blackfriars playhouses, is remarkable for two reasons.
March 25, 1616
William Shakespeare’s last will and testament provides one of the richest surviving accounts for understanding his familial and professional networks.
ca. 1614 - ca. 1705
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early 17th century
Ralph Brooke's compilation of arms granted by William Dethick: copy with the arms of "Shakespeare the player"
This manuscript contains a depiction of Shakespeare’s arms that clearly refers to William, rather than to his father, John.