Shakespeare: social and historical context

Shakespeare - the Big Picture

We know more about Shakespeare's life than any other Elizabethan writer or anyone living at that time except royal courtiers. He was writing plays at a time when English theatre was alive with exciting developments and artistic achievement.

So if you're teaching about Shakespeare's life and the social historical context in which he was writing, below are some links to information you might find useful:

Authorship debate »

Shakespeare's Contemporaries »

Performing Shakespeare in the 17th century »

Shakespeare's London »

Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon »

Shakespeare's Life and Times »

We also offer these free downloadable documents designed as teaching resources which you may adapt for use with your students.

Shakespeare's Life (PDF 271KB) »

Shakespeare's Theatre (PDF 287KB) »

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