April 3, 2013

The Bad Bard?

This new account of Shakespeare reminds me of the
portrayal of the bard in "Anonymous."
A new study claims Shakespeare was a "ruthless profiteer and tax dodger," hoarding grain during food shortages, threatened with jail, and funneling legal and illegal funds into real-estate ventures.

I must admit, it does surprise me a little. His poetry (if you're in the school of thought that it is his...) is so beautiful and eloquent. Did a man who created so many masterful works, often championing the downtrodden, take advantage of the starving masses?

According to the researchers, who studied archived court and tax records, he did.

They concluded that “[b]y combining both illegal and legal activities, Shakespeare was able to retire in 1613 as the largest property owner in his hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. His profits — minus a few fines for illegal hoarding and tax evasion — meant he had a working life of just 24 years.”

Well played, Shakespeare.

Be sure to check out the entire article here.

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