Jacobean Reading of King Lear
King Lear was written around 1603-06. A contextualised political reading interprets King Lear as a drama that gives expression to crucial political and social issues of its time: the hierarchy of the Jacobean state, King James' belief in his divine right to rule, and the political anxieties that characterised the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign: fears of civil war and division of the kingdom triggered by growth of conflicting fractions and a threatening underclass.
Like all writers, Shakespeare reflected the world he knew. The ancient Britain the pseudo-historical Lear lived in contained…
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