Famous wills: They couldn't take it with them | The IndependentWhen William Shakespeare died in he was a relatively wealthy man for someone born outside the aristocracy. He possessed various properties throughout the south of England and was part owner of the Globe Theatre in London. It therefore seems bizarre and more than a little to mean that from his sizable estate he left his wife of 34 years absolutely nothing but his second best bed. So was their marriage an unhappy one? Although it has been suggested that the majority of his estate to his daughter Susanna because she was better with money. The second bed at the time would usually be the marital one with the best bed being reserved for guests.
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A record of more than 6 million Victorian and early 20th-century wills has been made public for the first time, revealing the last wishes of some of the most important figures of the age, including Charles Dickens, Karl Marx and Charles Darwin. The documents, dating from to and now available on-line, show that eminent Victorians Dickens and Darwin left estates worth the equivalent of millions of pounds today. Conan Doyle, a physician who turned to writing as his medical practice faltered, was relatively successful. The database, released online by the genealogical website Ancestry. It shows that the popularity of D H Lawrence's writings came too late for the author to benefit fully. Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions brought him fame but ultimately not fortune. Dan Jones, of Ancestry.