The gravestone traditionally believed to be Shakespeare's, in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, close to his monument, is shown opposite.
The curse refers to the practice of removing bones to a charnel house in order to make more burial space available in the church. There is a late seventeenth-century tradition that Shakespeare wrote his own epitaph. The gravestone is, according to Halliwell-Phillipps, a mid-eighteenth-century replacement for the original one, which had decayed. It is oddly shorter than those to each side of it.
Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.