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Alas, the Skull In Shakespeare’s Tomb Belonged to a 70-Year-Old Woman, Not Shakespeare

Portrait of Shakespeare
The Bard.

Shakespeare, fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy, has been dead for almost 400 years, and for the last 200 his skull has been missing. As a Channel 4 (U.K.) documentary explains, the skull that has been nestled atop Shakespeare’s skeletal remains in his tomb belongs not to the Bard but to a 70-year-old woman, whose identity remains unknown, but she is definitely not Shakespeare. (Shakespeare is the new Grant.) Chris Laoutaris, a Renaissance burial customs expert from the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, has hypothesized that a loved one may be responsible for the disappearance of the playwright’s skull, tearing a page out of Hamlet and stealing it to keep it away from treasure-seeking grave-robbers. In the old days, people were not as grossed-out by human remains; when Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor under Henry VIII, was decapitated, his loving daughter preserved his head the way someone today might keep a picture on their desk. Hey, David Koepp, we have an idea for that new Indy movie

Who Stole Shakespeare’s Skull?