William Shakespeare was alive during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. Throughout Queen Elizabeth I's reign, Shakespeare wrote plays that were happy, optimistic and confident to complement the Elizabethan mood, while throughout King James I's reign, Shakespeare wrote plays that were dark and cynical, showcasing the Jacobean period's insecurities.Know More
During Queen Elizabeth I's reign, Shakespeare wrote "A Midsummer Night's Dream" whereas "Macbeth" and "Hamlet" were written during the King James I's reign. Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth" a year after the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
While Shakespeare is often considered the greatest dramatist of all time and is often referred to as the English national poet, little is known about his own life. He was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and died in 1616. In 1594, he became a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men company, which was a company of theatrical players. He then went on to write plays during the next 20 years that dealt with the complex range of human emotion.
Shakespeare's plays used blank verse, rhyming verse and prose. Blank verse, or unrhymed iambic pentameter, was his favorite form of writing. His first plays included "Romeo and Juliet," "Richard II," "Henry VI" (parts 1, 2 and 3 only) and "Henry V." He then stepped away from historical plays and published "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Merchant of Venice," "Much Ado About Nothing," "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night."Learn more about Modern Europe
Guy Fawkes and several other conspirators devised a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament to protest poor treatment and oppression of Catholics under the reign of King James I. The Protestant religion dominated Great Britain In 1603, when King James I assumed the role as king. However, tensions surfaced long before then between Catholics and Protestants; Catholicism, once the dominant religion, suffered denouncement and penalties in the decades preceding the ascension of King James I to the throne.Full Answer >
Queen Victoria is most famous for the repressive moralistic atmosphere that was so pervasive in her reign, during what was later called the Victorian era. Queen Victoria reigned over the British Empire from 1837 to 1901.Full Answer >
Elizabeth Tudor was queen of England for 45 years, and her reign is referred to as the Elizabethan era or the Golden Age of England. When she first ascended to the throne, Elizabeth inherited a bankrupt nation, torn by religious strife and threatened by the military power of France and Spain. By her death on March 24, 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect.Full Answer >
The Lord Chamberlain's Men, the acting company with which William Shakespeare was closely associated, changed its name in 1603 to the King's Men because James I ascended to the throne that year and took the troupe under his patronage. King James was a particular fan of the theater.Full Answer >