William Shakespeare lived in England while under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. During this time (1558-1603), England saw a rebirth in national pride, an artistic explosion and appreciation in poetry, literature, and theatre, international expansion, and victories over Spain, a powerful and despised rival.
The Elizabethan Age, or Era, is often seen as a high water mark for the British Empire, filled with many influential and interesting people, places, events, and even diabolical conspiracies. Below are links to resources on a wide variety of interesting topics, all of which helped shape Shakespeare's world and writings.
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