William Shakespeare: Tax Cheat, Grain Hoarder


    The legacy of one of history's most famous bards is getting a bit of a re-write.

    FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has the story:

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    We all know William Shakespeare the playwright, but what about Shakespeare the tax cheat?  Academic researchers combing through historical archives, uncovering the new details of Shakespeare's parallel life as a merchant and property owner.

    He was pursued for tax evasion and in 1598, prosecuted for hoarding grain during a time of shortage.  Academics argue, to fully understand Shakespeare, we must also know of his business-savvy side; one researcher noting those aspects of his life often overlooked because of Shakespeare's creative genius.

    Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.