Shakespeare’s Death

William Shakespeare Bookends by Bradley & Hubbard (LEO Design)

On this day in 1616, William Shakespeare, perhaps the world’s greatest-ever writer, died at 52 years of age.   It was  one month after signing his will—which began with a convincing proclamation of his vigorous health.  While we don’t know how or why he died, one written account (half a century later) describes a night of hard drinking with fellow writers, after which The Bard contracted a fever and died.

We do know he is buried in Stratford-upon-Avon in The Church of the Holy Trinity.  His stone reads, in part, “Cursed be he that moves my bones.”

The bookends above, made some 300 years later, can be found in-shop or by clicking on the photo above.


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