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What is the death of Shakespeare?

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    Shakespeare died at the age of 52 on 23 April 1616. This date is based on the Old Style, or Julian calendar of his time. The New Style, or Gregorian calendar date is 3 May 1616. Undoubtedly Shakespeare's son-in-law, Dr. Hall attended him, but the nature of his final illness is unknown. A legend has grown up, based on a diary entry by a John Ward - a Stratford vicar. Ward wrote that "Shakspear Drayton and Ben Jhonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard for Shakespear died of a feavour there contracted." This is difficult to believe as the diary entry was written fifty years after Shakespeare's death although as vicar, Ward would have listened to local gossip and knew Judith Shakespeare in her later years; whether this is based upon fact again is open to debate.

    William Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford. A stone slab - a reproduction of the original, which it replaced in 1830 marks his grave. It bears an inscription, perhaps of Shakespeare's own words:

    GOOD FREND FOR JESUS SAKE FORBEARE,

    TO DIGG THE DUST ENCLOASED HEARE.

    BLESTE BE Ye MAN Yt SPARES THES STONES,

    AND CURST BE HE Yt MOVES MY BONES.

    His wishes have been honoured over the years although as the grave is near the river Avon underground currents may have sown no respect for the curse. A painted funerary bust was also erected in the church early in the seventeenth century that has lasted till present times. On the north wall of the chancel is his monument. It consists of a portrait bust enclosed in a stone frame. Below this is an inscription in Latin and English:

  • 1 decade ago

    when my high school put on a production of romeo and juliet

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