the illustrated shakespeare
CLOSING CHAPTERS.
During the period between 1597 and 1611, Shakespeare, apparently, spent most of his time during the theatrical season in London, but was also active in Stratford, particularly as an investor in grain dealings.

In 1597, Shakespeare purchased a Tudor Mansion in Stratford-Upon-Avon known as the New Place. He also had lodgings in London at least until 1604 and probably until 1611, though family events such as his daughter Susanna's marriage in 1607 and his mother's death in 1608 would certainly have called him back to Stratford.

Registering his Sonnets in May 20, 1609, William Shakespeare wrote his will in 1611. It is from around 1611 Shakespeare seems largely to have disengaged himself from the London theatre world and to have spent his time at his Stratford house, New Place, and in 1612, four years before his death; Shakespeare went into semi-retirement at the relatively young age of forty-eight.

During his last eight years of life, Shakespeare wrote only four plays--Cymbeline, Henry VIII, The Tempest, and The Winter's Tale. In the past, some scholars argued that The Tempest, written about 1610, was Shakespeare's last play. They stated that he then retired almost completely to Stratford. However, Henry VIII can be dated about 1613. In addition, Shakespeare purchased a house in the Blackfriars district of London in 1613.

The evidence thus suggests that Shakespeare gradually reduced his activity in London rather than ending it abruptly.  Shakespeare also purchased real estate in the countryside and in London as well, the latter including the aforementioned Blackfriars Gatehouse

In March 1616 revised his will. leaving substantial property and other bequests to his family and friends, including theatre colleagues in the King's Men. Bequeathing his properties to his daughter Susanna (married in 1607 to Dr. John Hall), to his surviving daughter Judith, he left 300, and to his wife Anne left "my second best bed."

Shakespeare died in Stratford, aged fifty-two, on 23 April 1616, his birthday,

Supposedly dying of a chill caught after a night of drinking with fellow playwrights Ben Jonson and Michaal Drayton, Shakespeare was buried at Holy Trinity in Stratford on April 25, 1623, exactly 52 years after his baptism. Within a short time a monument to him was put up, probably by his family, on the wall close to his grave. His monument records the day of death as April 23, the generally accepted date of his birth. 

His widow, Anne, dieing in 1623 and was buried beside him.

Seven years after he died, in 1623, two working companions of Shakespeare from the Lord Chamberlain's Men, John Heminges and Henry Condell, printed the First Folio edition of the Collected Works, that nobody could take his work as theirs. Half the plays contained therein were previously unpublished. The First Folio also contained Shakespeare's sonnets. William Shakespeare's first folio was published including 154 sonnets, 36 plays, and his two long poems.

His two daughters followed different paths. His older daughter, Susanna, married a prominent local doctor, John Hall, in 1607 and there are indications that a close friendship developed between Hall and his renowned father-in-law. Susanna gave Shakespeare his only grandchild, Elizabeth Hall in 1608. Although she inherited the family estate and was married twice (her first husband dying) Elizabeth had no children of her own. Shakespeare's other daughter,

On Feb. 10, 1616, Shakespeare's younger daughter, Judith, married Thomas Quiney, the son of his Stratford neighbour Richard Quiney. Thomas Quiney, was a tavern owner with a dubious reputation, supposedly given to pre-marital and extramarital affairs and the fathering of illegitimate children. They had three legitimate sons, all of whom died young.

William Shakespeare's family lineage came to an end two generations after his death with the death of his grand-daughter Elizabeth in 1670

His epitaph:

Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbeare
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones