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Shakespeare's Life and Times: Queen Elizabeth I

This guide is useful for high school students studying the life and times of William Shakespeare. Teachers may also use this guide to conduct a WebQuest or smaller research assignments before studying one of Shakespeare's plays.


Some scholars would credit Queen Elizabeth I to the rise of Shakespeare's fame. She was also the Queen of England at the time and he would often perform plays for her at her palace. 

Articles about Elizabeth I


Elizabeth's Mini Biography

History Channel's quick facts about Queen Elizabeth's life. Accessed on YouTube. Make sure to cite your sources!

Elizabeth and Shakespeare

This short documentary will show you information about Queen Elizabeth's influence on Shakespeare.

Useful Databases