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In what era did Shakespeare write his plays?

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Posted October 13, 2010 at 1:33 AM via web

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In what era did Shakespeare write his plays?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 13, 2010 at 1:44 AM (Answer #1)

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I guess this depends some on what you mean by "era."  In terms of simple dates, Shakespeare wrote most of his plays between 1589 and 1613.

If you are talking about what literary era he was writing in, people tend to say that he was part of the English Renaissance.

If you are asking about historical eras, most people associate Shakespeare with Elizabethan England.  Queen Elizabeth I ruled from 1558 to 1603 and was, therefore, the queen during the first half or so of Shakespeare's career.  King James succeeded Queen Elizabeth and was ruling at the time Shakespeare died.

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