Today in Legal History: Shakespeare Born
The exact date of Shakespeare’s birth is not known, but based on available evidence, April 23, 1564 was his probable birthday. Admittedly, historians also like the date because Shakespeare died on the same day.
Many of Shakespeare’s plays concerned lawyers or trials; Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, and Measure for Measure are but three examples.
More information is available at:
- Constance Jordan & Karen Cunningham eds., The Law in Shakespeare (4th floor @ PR3028.L39 2007)
- Margaret Graham Tebo, Shakespeare for Lawyers (4th floor @ PR3028.T43 2010)
- Andrew Zurcher, Shakespeare and the Law (4th floor @ PR3028.Z87 2010)