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Shakespeare's Knowledge of Law by Mark Alexander is also now an ebook.

Strangely, the case for Shakespeare's knowledge of Elizabethan law has never been appropriately framed during the almost 150-year history of the argument. This site archives works that address the argument.

For a superb introduction to the Shakespeare Authorship controversy, go to The Shakespeare Fellowship.

You may also find printable copies of some works at ShareText.Com.

Essays by Mark Alexander

"Shakespeare's Knowledge of Law: A Journey through the History of the Argument" .

"Shakespeare's Bad Law"
The Ever Reader
(Winter 2000) 5000 words

You can also check out The Legally Annotated Hamlet.

Source Texts

Shakespeare a Lawyer
William Rushton (1858 - Complete)

Shakespeare's Legal Acquirements
Lord Campbell (1859 - Complete)

"William Shakespeare,
Attorney at Law and Solicitor in Chancery"

Atlantic Monthly

Richard Grant White (1859)

excerpt from "Memoirs of the Life of Shakespeare"
from Richard Grant White's
Life and Genius of Shakespeare (1865)

from Cushman K. Davis's
The Law in Shakespeare (1883)

Ecclesiastical Law in Hamlet:
The Burial of Ophelia

R. S. Guernsey (1885)

In Re Shakespeare's "Legal Acquirements"
William C. Devecmon (1899 - Complete)

"Shakespeare's Alleged Blunders in
Legal Terminology"

Yale Law Journal

Homer B. Sprague (1902)

"Shakespeare's Legal Knowledge"
from J.M. Robertson's
Did Shakespeare Write "Titus Andronicus"? (1905)

"Shakespeare as a Lawyer"
from George Greenwood's
The Shakespeare Problem Restated (1908)

Chapter III
"The Argument from Legal Allusions in Shakespeare:
Lord Campbell's Case"
Chapter IV
"The Argument from Legal Phraseology:
Mr Grant White's Case"
Chapter V
"The Argument from Legal Phraseology:
Mr Rushton, Senator Davis, Mr Castle"
Chapter VI
Litigation and Legalism in Elizabethan England
from J.M. Robertson's
The Baconian Heresy (1913)

"Shakespeare's Legal Knowledge"
from George Greenwood's
Is There A Shakespeare Problem? (1916)

Arthur Underhill's essay in
Shakespeare's England (1916)

"Mr Robertson as Exponent of Law"
from George Greenwood's
Shakespeare's Law and Latin (1916)

Shakespeare's Law
George Greenwood (1920 - Complete)

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