John Webster (c. 1578–c. 1634–38), like William Shakespeare, grew up in the Elizabethan cultural climate, and experienced the political, religious, economic, and social uncertainty that accompanied the final years of Elizabeth’s reign and transition to the rule of James VI (of Scotland) and I (of England). But Webster was a generation younger, and Shakespeare was retiring as the King’s Men’s principal dramatist by the time Webster was writing this play. And Webster, unlike Shakespeare, was London born and bred. His father ran the family firm, building and hiring out coaches, and was a ‘Citizen’ of the City of London by virtue of his membership of the Guild of Merchant Taylors, an honour the dramatist assumed after his father’s death. Thus, Webster was a gentleman, and lived in the midst of the greatest metropolis of Europe in a position of some prosperity.
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