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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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June 15, 1612
This is the second of three orders given by the Court of Requests for Bellott v. Mountjoy.
1612
The Court of Requests initiated three rounds of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy. In each round, Stephen Bellott is identified as the complainant, Christopher Mountjoy as the defendant.
1612
The Court of Requests initiated three rounds of depositions in Bellott v. Mountjoy. In each round, Stephen Bellott is identified as the complainant, Christopher Mountjoy as the defendant.
June 19, 1612
Witnesses in the second round of depositions are to answer a list of five questions, called interrogatories, on behalf of the complainant, on June 19, 1612.
June 23, 1612
Witnesses in the third round of depositions were to answer a list of seven questions, called interrogatories, on behalf of the defendant.
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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