In May of 1597

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In May of 1597, Shakespeare purchased New Place, the outstanding residential property  in Stratford at that time. Since John Shakespeare had suffered financial reverses prior to  this date, William must have achieved success for himself. Court records show that in 1601 or 1602, William Shakespeare began rooming in the  household of Christopher Mountjoy in London. Subsequent disputes between  Shakespeare's landlord, Mountjoy, and his son-in-law, Stephen Belott, over Stephen's  wedding settlement led to a series of legal actions, and in 1612 the court scribe  recorded Shakespeare's deposition of testimony relating to the case. In July, 1605, William Shakespeare paid four hundred and forty pounds for the lease of  a large portion of the tithes on certain real estate in and near Stratford. This was an  arrangement whereby Shakespeare purchased half the annual tithes, or taxes, on 
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