Who were the two monarchs that ruled with power during Shakespeare's life?
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Elizabeth the First (reigned from 1558 to 1603)
James the First (reigned from 1603 to 1625)
Shakespeare lived from 1564 - 1616
(for the record, Henry VIII was 1509 - 1547)
Queen Elizabeth and King James
During the life of William Shakespeare there were two monarchs that ruled England. The first was Henry the eights and the second was Elizabeth the first. Both were impressed with Shakespeare and commissioned him to write plays. This is one of the conditions of his success. There is alos some evidence that he was a member of a traveling theater group and did some teaching. In 1594, he became an actor and playwright for Lord Chamberlain’s Men. In 1599, he became a part owner of the prosperous Globe Theater.
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