Essential Essex History
“Thus, to cite a famous example, when in 1601 Queen Elizabeth’s former favorite, Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex, decided to forget a rebellion against her and to claim the throne for himself, he paid Shakespeare’s company to revive Richard II, a play popular several years earlier, in order to put the populace in the mood for a “legitimate” usurpation.” Page 239.
Shakespeare After All
“The Essex rebellion failed, and Essex was beheaded for treason.”
Ah, c’mon, who hasn’t lost his head over some powerful women we all find attractive?
I realize this not new material but in preparation for upcoming events? Just nice to get a noted scholar’s take on the situation.