ELIZABETH I VS RICHARD II
“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.