How Shakespeare rewrote history

Shakespeare's history plays were influenced every bit as much by contemporary events as episodes from the past. Jerry Brotton reveals how eight of Shakespeare's works reflected political crises of the day – much to the ire of Queen Elizabeth's censors...

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth I painted by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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