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Shakespeare’s Money: How much did he make and what did this mean?

Robert Bearman


This work seeks to track Shakespeare’s financial circumstances at different stages in his career. It begins with an assessment of his family’s status during his childhood, and the effect on this of his father’s financial difficulties, and then moves on to identify, and where possible estimate, Shakespeare’s sources of income, once he had embarked on his theatrical/literary career. This is accompanied by a discussion of the uses to which this was put (beyond meeting his and his family’s immediate needs) in order to create an investment income, the amount of which is also examined. The issue of ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, John Shakespeare, biography, business career, creditworthiness, theatre history, social status, 16th/17th-century English history, Stratford-upon-Avon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Bearman, author
Former Head of Archives and Local Studies and now Honorary Fellow, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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