William Shakespeare’s Grave, Stratford-Upon-Avon

William Shakespeare died 23 April 1616. He’s buried in Stratford-Upon-Avon in Holy Trinity Church.

Image of William Shakespeare's grave
William Shakespeare’s grave, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Some say he was the greatest writer who ever lived. Others say his works belong to other writers. Personally, I think he did write his plays, albeit with ideas from the players with whom he worked and a certain amount of ‘borrowing’ from earlier works and writers.

One of the interesting things about his grave is the curse carved into the stone slab on top of it:

Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

Which translates as don’t move my dead body or I’ll totally curse you. Because he may be dead, but that doesn’t mean you can screw with The Bard.

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