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Shakespeare's will features three rare examples of his signature

Rare examples of William Shakespeare's signature in a will are among important historical papers now available online.

The document, which is joined by one million others, has been put on the web by the National Archives.

Shakespeare's will reveals how he bequeathed his second-best bed to his wife, Anne Hathaway.

Wills from Jane Austen, Sir Christopher Wren and Horatio Nelson - the latter's with a personal diary - can also be viewed at DocumentsOnline.


The documents span six centuries of British history from 1384 to 1858.

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