Queen Elizabeth I was the monarch when William Shakespeare was born and remained queen until her death in 1603. Elizabeth I had no consort. James I was her successor, and he remained on the throne when Shakespeare died in 1616.Know More
James I married Anne of Denmark in 1589.
Shakespeare's early plays, those written in the 1590s, included both comedies and histories, the latter using the often tumultuous royal successions as inspiration. Shakespeare and his troupe were fairly successful and built their own theater, The Globe, in 1599.
James I was a supporter of the theater. Upon his coronation, the acting troupe changed its name to the King's Men. After 1600, Shakespeare's plays leaned toward tragedies, including Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth.Learn more about Renaissance & Reformation
William Shakespeare does not have a middle name of record. His birth is not even recorded. The first record of his life is his baptismal record, dated April 26, 1564, in which there is no mention of a middle name.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare was inspired to write "Romeo and Juliet" by a poem titled "Romeus and Juliet" by Arthur Brooks. In fact, Shakespeare's play shares many of the details of Brooks' poem. The story, however, was a commonly told one throughout Europe and was not unique to Brooks either.Full Answer >
William Shakespeare is often referred to as "the Bard of England" because he was viewed as the greatest and unofficial national poet of England. This title was not given to him until during the 20th century when his works were rediscovered and performed by others.Full Answer >
The exact cause of William Shakespeare's death is not known, but many historians believe that he fell victim to an outbreak of typhus that took England by storm in 1616. That is the same year that Shakespeare died.Full Answer >