Shakespeare is said to have faced the courts, having been charged with dodging taxes and he was fined for stockpiling produce. The study also says that his business connections helped him acquire land and saw him become one of the largest landowners in Warwickshire. The study further states that he hoarded grain over a span of 15 years and resold it at inflated costs. He faced prosecution in 1598 for hoarding grain.
Shakespeare is also accused of ruthlessly pursuing those who owed him money and using the profits he accrued in money-lending schemes. It is during the end of the 16th and start of 17th century, referred to as the Ice Age because of the unusually cold weather and low harvests, that he wrote his greatest literature.