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William Shakespeare's Macbeth was probably written sometime between 1599 and 1606. The first performance of the play of which we have a record occurred in the summer of 1606, and was probably intended to flatter James I, who was himself Scottish. The main source for the play was Holinshed's Chronicles. The historical Macbeth MacFindlaech was King of Scotland from 1040 to 1059.

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