Probably written and first performed around 1602, Troilus and Cressida is set in the final years of the Trojan War, a history that would have been well-known by the audiences in Shakespeare’s time. The war legendarily started when Paris, one of the princes of Troy, stole (or seduced) the wife of the Greek king Menelaus - the famously beautiful Helen of Troy. Menelaus called upon the allied princes of Greece to join him in a war against Troy to recover his wife, and the Greeks laid siege to the city of Troy for seven years.
Troilus and Cressida is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s
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