Macbeth was written in 1606, in a period of political and religious uncertainty. The gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament had been foiled just one year previously and Shakespeare’s next offering certainly seems to reflect the period in which it was written. James I of England (James VI of Scotland) had recently inherited the throne from Elizabeth I and Macbeth reads as a cautionary tale to any who might harbor intentions of killing and overthrowing the new King.
Since its conception, Macbeth has proved one of Shakespeare’s most popular and regularly performed plays to the modern
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