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William Shakespeare: Food Hoarder

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    We all know William Shakespeare because of his timeless literature classics, but did you know that he was also an illegal food hoarder during the height of major food riots that took place in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. A recent study has uncovered that Shakespeare hoarded grain, malt, and barley for fifteen years and sold them at an inflated price. The authors cautioned to not judge Shakespeare too harshly because he was most likely doing this to watch out for his family and ensure that they had enough food during those dark times. The most ironic thing about this is that Shakespeare wrote Coriolanus, a play about food hoarding and riots in Rome, during this period in time.