Who Was Ruling Britain When William Shakespeare Was Born?


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Aun Jafery answered
At the time of William Shakespeare's birth the reigning monarch was Queen Elizabeth the first, the Virgin Queen. She ruled during the early part of the bard's carrier as well and this was ion many ways beneficial to him. During Queen Elizabeth's reign Britain prospered and in turn so did the arts, drama and theatre, of which the Queen was a patron.

Queen Elizabeth was born on the 7th of September 1533. She ruled from the 17th of November 1558 till her death on the 24th of March 1603; she was the last of the Tudor monarchs. When she came to power England was suffering from religious strife and faced a number of foreign threats including Spain and a rebellion in Scotland. By the time of her death Britain was the richest and most powerful it had ever been; her reign is known as the Golden Age.
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    Elizabeth Tudor was 25 when she was crowned in 1588.  Six years later, Shakespeare was born, which made Elizabeth 31, and an old woman!  Why? Anyone over the age of 30 in London then, was considered old!  Bubonic plague was a killer, and it, and its two mutations, Pneumonic plague and Septicaemic plague, would regularly carry of almost a quarter of the London population at any one time. Therefore, being over 30, was a dangerous age!
  Incidentally, Shakespeare was born during a Plague epidemic!

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