PERIOD ONE
William Shakespeare was one of the most famous playwrights of all time. He wrote over thirty-seven plays during his lifetime. Shakespeare was very well known while he was alive, but above him were the monarchs. Queen Elizabeth I, and King James I were the monarchs that ruled England while Shakespeare was alive. Queen Elizabeth controlled all aspects of the theater and the rest of England as well. After Queen Elizabeth had died King James I took over the thrown.

Queen Elizabeth I ruled England from 1558 to 1603. She was the sole ruler of England for 45 years. This is known as the Elizabethan Era. Englands first theatre, the globe, was introduced during this era. William Shakespeare was the main play wright at this time, along with Christopher Marlowe. Their plays, along with several others, brought large audiences to the globe.

Queen Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII, born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and a half years after her birth. As she grew older, Elizabeth became famous for her virginity. She also became the governer of the English church. In 1603 Queen Elizabeth died at Richmond palace. Shortly after, King James I was crowned king.

King James I was also King James VI of Scots. He ruled England towards the end of Shakespeares life, Shakespeare died in 1616, but King James was king from 1603 to 1625. James later married Anne of Denmark. In total they had eight children. King James was the king of england for twenty-two years. He died in 1625 from a stroke.

Queen Elizabeth I and King James I were the two monarchs that ruled England during Shakespeares time. These two people changed England's history. They had major influences on enlgish literature and art. Between Queen Elizabeth's theatre group known as the "King's Men", and King James's writings, England was changed forever. Today, England still has kings and queens, but their way of monarchy is much different and much more civalized.




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PERIOD 4:
The monarchs of England were very well known and were the main example of European royalty. There were two very famous royals during the time of Shakespeare. The first one was Queen Elizabeth the I, who ruled most of Shakespeare's life. After Queen Elizabeth the I, King James the I reigned for the rest of Shakespeare's life. Shakespeare ended up living from 1564 to 1616, which made him around 52 or 53 years old. These monarchs played a very big role in the plays of Shakespeare.

Queen Elizabeth the I was a very important royal in the history of England. The period of time that Shakespeare made his plays in is actually called the Elizabethan era because she supported the arts. She was one of the first queens without a king in English history. The Black Plague was found mostly in England from 1348 to 1350. Queen Elizabeth the I started ruling in 1538 and ruled into 1603, when King James the I took charge. She died of blood poisoning on 1603 around the age of 70.
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The two royals during Shakespeare's life were related, but not very closely. They were first cousin's and were twice removed. The first cousin means that they were related on their father's side. The twice removed means that they were two descendants down from their relative in common. This is an essay showing how the 2 royals were related.

King James the I was the ruler after Queen Elizabeth the I. He ruled over Scotland with the name of King James the VI. He ruled over the Kingdom of Ireland and England as King James the I at the end of Shakespeare's life, who died in 1616, but started reigning from 1603 to 1625. The King James version of the bible was named after him. He continued the Elizabethan era of literature all the time he reigned. He died of a fatal attack of dysentery in the year of 1625 at the age of 58.

These royals were very important to today's society. Without these two leaders, Shakespeare may have been outlawed to do his work. The advancements that were made then have helped us make wonderful works of literature. Without King James the I, we would not have a King James version of the Bible. This shows how important these two rulers were to life as it is today.