Private: Authors’ wills online

The wills of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Lord George Byron, John Donne, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Napoleon are among the historical documents put online by the British National Archives. Anyone can search the index, but it costs £3 to download a digital image of most documents. (Via Arts Journal.)

Access to the image of Shakespeare’s will, however, is free. Now everyone can view the document in which The Bard famously bequeathed his “second best bed” to his wife.