Macbeth: more context: monarchs, witches & conspiracies

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Key dates:

  • 1603: James VI Scotland became James I of England.
  • 1605: Gunpowder plot.
  • 1606: Macbeth was written.

Gunpowder plot & Macbeth:

http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/101835213683/the-gunpowder-plot-and-shakespeares-macbeth

Political and historical background:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/english/macbeth/background/revision/1/

North Berwick witch trials:

http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/scotland-s-most-infamous-witch-trials-1-2594330

The witches and Lady Macbeth:

http://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/witches-in-macbeth

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