Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Question from Faith - Elizabeth I and Shakespeare


I am delighted to have discovered this site! I have been a devoted but amateur student of the Tudors for many years.

My question is: Is there any evidence that Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare ever met? Did Elizabeth ever voice an opinion of Shakespeare or his works?

Thanks very much.



2 Comments:

Blogger Foose said...

She did comment on "Richard II." When the Earl of Essex was preparing a rebellion, he organized a performance of "Richard II" -- in which the arbitrary, untrustworthy, capricious monarch is deposed, of course. Elizabeth allegedly said, "I am Richard II, know ye not that?"

To paraphrase the famous joke about Ford's Theater: Other than that, Your Majesty, how did you like the play?

July 02, 2008 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love's Labour's Lost was performed before Elizabeth and her court around Christmas 1597 by the players company Shakespeare worked with. I dont think they had an extended chat or anything, but its possible they had a brief exchange. He was a relatively unknown actor/playwright at the time.
I dont think theres no record of her voicing any opinion either way about the play.

--kate

July 02, 2008 7:36 PM  

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