Shakespeare's Settings: A Cultural Chronology: Britain, Europe, Elsewhere

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PREHISTORICAL

VENUS & ADONIS Mythical Greece
MND Preclassical Greece
TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Preclassical Greece
TROILUS & CRESSIDA 2nd Millenium Troy
KING LEAR Ancient Britain

ANCIENT GREECE

TIMON Classical Athens
COMEDY OF ERRORS Pre-Christian Levant
PERICLES Pre-Christian Levant
WINTER'S TALE Magna Graecia
[Pre-Christian Sicily}

CLASSICAL ROME

RAPE OF LUCRECE Pre-Republican Rome
CORIOLANUS Early Republican Rome
JULIUS CAESAR Late Republican Rome
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Early Roman Empire Egypt, Asia Minor
CYMBELINE Early Britain Imperial Rome
TITUS ANDRONICUS Late Imperial Rome

DARK AGES

HAMLET Amlothi Saga= 6th C. Scandinavia [Wittenberg U. 1502+]
[KING LEAR Edgar= 10th C. Saxon]
MACBETH 12th C. Scotland

MIDDLE AGES

KING JOHN 13th C. England 13th C. France
King Edward III 14th C. England 14th C, France
KING RICHARD II 14th C. England
KING HENRY IV 15th C. England
KINH HENRY V 15th C. England 15th C. France
KING HENRY VI 15th C. England 15th C. France
KING RICHARD III 15th C. England

RENAISSANCE

M.W. OF WINDSOR 15th/16th C. England
SIR THOMAS MORE 16th C. England
HENRY VIII 16th C. England
ROMEO & JULIET 14th/15th C. Verona
ALL'S WELL 15th/16th C. France: Midi
AS YOU LIKE IT 15th/16th C. France: Ardennes
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA 15th/16th C. Verona
TAMING OF THE SHREW 16th C. Padua
MERCHANT OF VENICE 16th C. Venice
OTHELLO 16th C. Venice, Cyprus (& N. Africa)
MUCH ADO 16th C. Sicily: Messina
TWELFTH NIGHT 16th C. Balkans: Illyria
CARDENIO 16th C. Spain {Don Quixote]
MEASURE FOR MEASURE 16th C. Reformation Vienna
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Late 16th C. France: Navarre
TEMPEST 17th C. Med./ Atlantic: Caliban= Cannibal= Caribal= Caribbean

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