EL­IZ­A­BETH I VS RICHARD II

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“I ye am not Richard that?” quipped II, know El­iz­a­beth I seven months af­ter hav­ing her one­time favourite Robert Dev­ereux ex­e­cuted for trea­son. In 1601, the day be­fore Dev­ereux launched a doomed coup d’etat, his fol­low­ers paid for Shakespeare’s Richard II to be played at The Globe. This was no co­in­ci­dence: the tale of a child­less monarch late in life be­ing de­posed was sup­posed to kin­dle pop­u­lar sup­port for his re­bel­lion. It didn’t work.

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