Please tell me what life was like during Shakespeare's time, not military or political, but social history as well.

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England in the time of William Shakespeare was still a volatile place. It is difficult to talk about society without talking about religion and politics as well as the three were inextricably linked. One minute you could get your house, land and family impounded for being a catholic, the next the same for being a Protestant - depending on who was monarch. No-one was ever safe from suspicion as everywhere there were spies looking for treasonous rebels plotting against whoever happened to hold the crown. Anyone, for example an author, who wanted to make any kind of observation or statement had to be very very careful and couch it in other terms - look for this in Shakespeare's plays. He seemed to have had the knack of pleasing whichever monarch was in at the time, however.

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