Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII, was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Her reign is famous above all for the flourishing of English drama.

It has been noted by many scholars that the Shakespearean history plays are an effective set of propaganda pieces that legitimize and glorify the Tudor dynasty, commissioned by Secretary of State William Cecil, principal minister to the Queen....

The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable is a global forum for the study of the Shakespeare canon, the Elizabethan theatre, and the social and political life of the Elizabethan period, with emphasis on an open-minded exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate. With open minds and good humor, we’ve been searching for answers for over 25 years. We are curious about them all, but the Roundtable does not subscribe to a particular theory of authorship.