Documentary trail of the life of William Shakespeare given cultural status
- The copy of bargain and sale signed by the vendor when Shakespeare purchased the Blackfriars Gatehouse in London in 1613
- The 1602 buyer and vendor copies of the final concord when Shakespeare purchased New Place, his house in Stratford-upon-Avon
- A 1602 compilation by Ralph Brooke, York Herald, of various coat of arms awarded by William Dethick; Shakespeare appears fourth in a list of twenty-three names challenged.
- A later copy of Brooke’s book containing a depiction of the Shakespeare coat of arms as 'Shakespeare the player by Garter'
- A 1593 diary entry by Richard Stonley that shows the earliest purchase of Shakespeare's first work to appear in print, Venus and Adonis
- A manuscript copy of a Cambridge University play, Progress to Parnassus (c. 1601), that refers to Shakespeare as a poet and a playwright, citing and alluding to his works
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