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June 22, 1616
The original copy of Shakespeare’s last will and testament was probated on June 22, 1616, and an entry in the parchment register, shown here, was made recording the date of probate.
March 25, 1616
William Shakespeare’s last will and testament provides one of the richest surviving accounts for understanding his familial and professional networks.
Ralph Brooke's compilation of arms granted by William Dethick: includes the arms of "Shakespeare the player"
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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.