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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 11, 1612
Shown here is the first round of depositions, dated May 11, 1612, given in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
May 7, 1612
Shown here is a Compulsory Summons, dated May 7, 1612, following the last of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
June 30, 1612
Shown here is the third of three orders given by the Court of Requests in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
January 28, 1612
Shown here is Stephen Bellott’s Bill of Complaint dated January 28, 1612, the first of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
February 3, 1612
Shown here is Christopher Mountjoy’s Answer, dated February 2, 1612, the second of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy.
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.
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.

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