Sunday, April 3, 2016

#WilliamShakespeare only left his wife his "second best bed" in his will

This is according to his will referenced in a biography of William Shakespeare I'm currently reading. That's pretty harsh, and it was likely to get around the sometimes enforced requirement of giving your wife at least 1/3 of your estate. If he had said nothing, it would be assumed he wanted his wife to take the statutory 1/3 share. It is sad that a man who penned the greatest works in the English language apparently had such a terrible marriage even though it lasted 36 years when Shakespeare died an untimely death. This kind of thing wouldn't be allowed in North Carolina unless there was a prenuptial agreement waiving the right to take under a will or there was a divorce prior to testator's death.

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