Gleeditions Collected Contexts
Historical Background for Shakespeare's Plays

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Recommended Edition

  • Professor-recommended text
  • Political, social, and literary history
  • Customized contexts—historical background for individual plays


  • Chronology of All Plays
  • Hyperlinked table of contents
  • Open-ended—free updates for additional plays


  • On history and Shakespeare
  • Relevance to popular editions
  • lluminating examples from
    Shakespeare’s plays

Historical Background

  • Expressive graphics
  • Capsulization of new research
  • Primary-source excerpts

Includes maps, tables, timelines, charts, and illustrations of artifacts, places, and people (here of an early 1600s Franciscan friar for Romeo and Juliet).

Currently covered: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest. Updated on an ongoing basis for additional plays.

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