When a grave is deliberately inscribed with a curse upon any who dared disturb the bones within, it is a brave man indeed who seeks further knowledge of what is inside.
But the lure of William Shakespeare has proved too much for some.
The playwright’s grave is to be examined carefully for the first time this year, with a high-tech radar survey allowing experts to discover what lies beneath the soil of the Stratford cemetery.
Shakespeare’s grave is relatively unassuming, in a small church in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I’ve visited a couple of times, because it’s local. I’m not sure what they hope to find; maybe from the x-rays they’ll be able to see his bones – or find there are none, which would stoke conspiracy theories.
If you haven’t already heard, it’s the 400th anniversary of his death this year, and there’s a lot going on in my area…