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Macbeth Background Research: 4) Religious Controversies
The British MonarchyThe ability to change lives and fortunes is a hallmark of the long history of the British monarchy. The lure of its power and prestige was the focus of generations of backroom and bedroom politics and international intrigue. Its history includes wars between nations, between fathers and sons, and between brothers, cousins, and rank outsiders. Over the centuries, the role of the kings and queens of the dominion has changed with the times, sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently, but the British monarchy's ability to adapt to an evolving society marks it as one of the most successful on earth. While modern Great Britain now encompasses England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the current monarchy has its origins in the ancient rulers of England. This edition offers an overview of the rise and rule of the British Monarchy, detailing the lives of the royal family throughout history, how they came to power, how they lost or relinquished power, and their role in modern society.
Elizabethan World Reference LibraryDuring the reign of Elizabeth I, 1558-1603, England was transformed from a backward and isolated island to a leading military power and commercial center in which culture and the arts flourished. Filling the gaps left by other Shakespearean resources, < I>Elizabethan World Reference Library< /I> covers the broad sweep of the culture of the times, from Elizabeth's court to rural life, and from the New World explorations to the remarkable flowering of literature and drama for which the era is renowned. Perfect for both history and literatures studies, this set was designed with the student in mind: numerous illustrations for key visuals, chronology to maintain perspective, sidebars to add interest, words to know for additional clarification, subject index for easy navigation and many other features, such as research and activity ideas and further reading suggestions. The Library is divided into three separate volumes. < P>The < I>Almanac< /I> focuses on major topics such as religion and politics, war and conflict, science and education, as well as the Elizabethan worldview, Elizabethan court, daily life and the culture of music, art and literature. < P>< I>Biographies< /I> includes Shakespearean contemporaries and notables such as Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I, Jane Grey, Francis Bacon, Catherine of Medici, James I, as well as Shakespeare himself. < P>< I>Primary Sources< /I> is a hand-picked collection of some of the most significant and studied documents of the era, among them "Elizabeth I: Speeches," excerpts from "The Book of Common Prayer," "Pope Pius V's Bull against Elizabeth" and Shakespeare's "Richard II."