The late 16th Century was a time of peace in Queen Elizabeth’s England. Nearing the end of her sixty year reign, the Monarch, last of the Tudor line, daughter of King Henry VIII, was a “lady of letters.” This was a time of ‘guilds’, precursors to ‘unions’, and troupes of travelling players who wandered the country seeking patronage and a friendly house in which to ply their trade. Her Majesty’s favourite troupe was called The Chamberlain’s Men, headed by her favourite poet, the Bard of Statford, Actor/Manager William Shakespeare. As a result of Her favour, they didn’t have to travel much and enjoyed the political cover such a reception provided, which resulted in multi-layered work such as the brilliant play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Part political treatise, cultural manifesto and family drama, this story of war both external and internal set a new standard in the still-nascent world of English Literature, and did much to change the direction of arts and letters in Western Civilization.
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