Background on King Lear

Shakespeare’s Sources As was his general habit, Shakespeare borrowed his two plots from previous sources. Holinshed reported in his Chronicles (1577) a story that dates back as far as Geoffrey of Monmouth (1136) in which a supposedly real King Leir who ruled England around 800 BC divides his kingdom between two of his daughters, disowning […]

Background on Shakespeare

A Door Into the World of King Lear.  Are we inside or out? (from Iyart.com) Shakespeare Shakespeare was born around 23 April 1564 at Stratford-on-Avon. He moved a hundred miles away to London in his early twenties, where he wrote 37 or 38 extant plays and some poetry that has established him as the finest […]