Shakespeare & the World in Conflict

A Scene from Henry IV, Part 1 (Source: Wikipedia)
A Scene from Henry IV, Part 1 (Source: Wikipedia)

A little while ago, I saw a documentary about Shakespeare’s mother, which talked about all of the social and political changes that occurred in the lifetime of Shakespeare and his mother. Although I know quite a bit about the history of England, it never really occurred to me that Shakespeare lived through the dynastic shift between the Tudors and the Stuarts and was born shortly after Elizabeth I established Protestantism as…