This is a rubbing of the epitaph on William Shakespeare’s tomb in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. It hangs in the master bedroom of my home, and I point to it when I want to be allowed to sleep in and not have “my bones” disturbed.
It seems that the warning on Shakespeare’s tomb has been ignored. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that they say indicates that Shakespeare’s skull was stolen from his grave by Frank Chambers, a local doctor, in 1794 and is not with the rest of his body.
If you live in England, you have the opportunity to view a documentary entitled “Shakespeare’s Tomb” which is being aired at 8 p.m. today on Channel 4. For those like I who cannot see the show, here’s an article that tells more of the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/theater/alas-poor-william-shakespeare-where-does-his-skull-rest.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur.
Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but interest in him and his works is very much alive!