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Shakespeare's Will
March 18, 2004 9:11 AM   Subscribe

William Shakespeare's will (PDF) is just one of over a million historical wills that are now available to the public over the Internet thanks to Britain's National Archives. Among the 100 famous wills available (for small fees) are Captain James Cook, Sir Francis Bacon, William Wordsworth, and Napoleon Bonaparte. An interesting little development in scholarship for the people.
posted by dgaicun (6 comments total)

 
But wasn't William Shakespeare actually Francis Bacon?

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posted by xmutex at 9:14 AM on March 18, 2004


For the record 'Britains National Archives' is the 'Public Record Office'. My grandfather ran the place.

And the domesdaye book is damned boring to look at when you are seven...
posted by twine42 at 9:19 AM on March 18, 2004


I thought my handwriting was shite. Seriously, as Britain's premier author, you'd think the bugger would've bought himself a PC and a printer.
posted by Pericles at 10:27 AM on March 18, 2004


.. and I thought *my* handwriting was shite. Seriously, as Britain's premier author, you'd think the bugger would've bought himself a PC and a printer.
posted by Pericles at 10:27 AM on March 18, 2004


Actually British is a misnomer here, these are a selection of southern English wills (though there will be the odd non-English person who happened to die there). For Scottish wills online you need to go here. We have our own National Archives ( formerly Scottish Record Office - I used to work there). For finding other UK wills, see this FAQ. But in general, hurrah for more wills online!
posted by Flitcraft at 12:21 PM on March 18, 2004


Will's will.
huh, huh.
And the bastard left his CD collection to someone else.
Twat.
posted by seanyboy at 3:50 PM on March 18, 2004


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