Historical and Social Context
- Who was Queen of England during the time Shakespeare began to write? Who ruled after her?
- Give the approximate dates of the Elizabethan period.
- Identify the social classes during Shakespeare's time.
- Describe the status of women. How would a young woman respond to a request from her father?
- What is primogeniture?
- What was the Bubonic Plague and how did it affect society during Shakespeare's time?
- Describe these aspects of Elizabethan life:
- city life, hygiene, crime