William Shakespeare was a "ruthless businessman" and "tax dodgers." With this statement made by researchers at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth / county of Dyfed /.
After analyzing the surviving documents from the "non-literary heritage" of the great English playwright and poet, they came to the conclusion that Shakespeare, being a poetic career defender of the poor and resentful, in real life was very tough businessman and did not hesitate to "dodge" in trade and taxes, for which he was repeatedly prosecuted and even almost went to jail. Such revving is believed to Welsh researchers, allowed him to quickly make a fortune, to become the largest landowner and retire after only 24 years' seniority. "
"He was doing illegal stocks of grain, malt, barley for resale — already on the increased price — neighbors and local merchants — told reporters employee of the literary department of the University of Renaissance Jane Archer. — And this is happening at a time when Europe's famines.
In addition, Shakespeare did everything possible to avoid paying taxes and maximize profits at the expense of others, and exploitation of the weak. However, he wrote plays in the protection of their rights. "
Thanks to this combination of "legal and illegal activity" playwright could become the largest owner of land in his native Stratford-upon-Avon and early in 1613, "to retire," added Archer.
Accusations that Shakespeare allegedly profited from human misery, and gave rise to speculation that his tragedy "Coriolanus" was written under the influence of an awakened conscience in him.
"In addition to writing plays was fine and the other side of Shakespeare's life — a ruthless businessman who went to any tricks to evade taxes — said Archer. — Shakespeare is remembered as a playwright, but at the time there was no copyright, and no assurance that his play will be profitable in the future. This prompted him to tax evasion and illegal establishment of food reserves, as well as to usury. "
Playwright, as researchers believe, trying thus financially secure the future of his two daughters, and although his actions were illegal and undermined the government's efforts to combat hunger.
His conclusions about the "other of Shakespeare's life," Archer colleagues have done on the basis of study of court and tax documents of the time. They imply that the great bard was repeatedly summoned to court and fined for making illegal food supplies, and for the systematic evasion of taxes he even threatened to jail.
"His income — except for a few penalties for these illegal actions — enabled him to limit his working life of 24 years", — summarized Archer.
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