This chapter discusses Shakespeare’s tragedies as they relate to the social and historical moment when they were written. Our discussion is deliberately brief, since the main purpose of this book is Part I, where we analyse the texts. If, after reading this chapter, you want to explore the historical context in more detail, look up the specialised books mentioned in ‘Further Reading’. The points discussed in this chapter are general observations.
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