William Shakespeare's will on display at Somerset House



2016-02-03 11:20:36

The will of William Shakespeare featuring his last signature has been put on display at Somerset House in London to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwrights death.

The will was updated by Shakespeare in the weeks prior to his death in April 1616 and was originally signed by the bard on three pages. The surname on one of these three pages has vanished completely, while another offers a weak example. The third however is unmistakable, simply signed 'by me William Shakespeare.'

The will famously contains only one bequest to his wife Anne, offering her ''my second best bed with the furniture'' and a request that money enough be left to his friends to enable them to buy mourning rings to remember him by. 

The will is on display among a number of documents relating to the bard which are to be displayed until the 29th of May. 

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