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To learn more about wills, please visit Alan H. Nelson's essay on the practice of will making in Shakespeare's England. To learn more about lawsuits, read his thematic essay on lawsuits in Shakespeare's England.

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May 1612
Shown here is Christopher Mountjoy’s Rejoinder, the fourth of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
May 15, 1612
Shown here is the first of three orders given by the Court of Requests, dated May 15, 1612, in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
June 15, 1612
Shown here is the second of three orders given by the Court of Requests, dated June 15, 1612, in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
1612
Shown here is the Witness Book, from Trinity term 1612, for the second round of depositions given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
1612
Shown here is the Witness Book, from Trinity term 1612, for the third round of depositions given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
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.
after June 22, 1616
The registered copy of Shakespeare’s last will and testament is shown here. The original will was probated on June 22, 1616, and entered in the register shortly thereafter.

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