The Queen of England, Elizabeth I was dying. She had borne no issue, (ie, no son or daughter), and the people were restless. What was going to happen? Was England to become a republic? Or would a new King or Queen be invited in to take over the Monarchy? As her Ministers kept very quiet on the issue, several people came to their own conclusions, and riots broke out in the streets of London! Shakespeare, seeing this, and understanding why,wrote a play about a Roman General who would be Emperor. His senate disapproved, going out of their way to eventually kill him as none of them wanted his rule. This was Julius Caesar.