What is The Holingshed Chronicles all about? Is this Shakespeare's main source for Macbeth? It is for my English 1V class.
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Shakespeare primary source for his play, Macbeth came from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, which was first published world-wide in the year 1577. The main plot and context for Shakespeare's plays came from Holinshed's recount of King Duncan and King Macbeth, their past and their present. The history of Macbeth came from this source but Shakespeare deliberately altered Macbeth's character, making him a more complex character suitable for theatrical play.