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Did Shakespeare Know Queen Elizabeth I?

In the sixth episode of Let's Talk Shakespeare we ask "Did Shakespeare know Queen Elizabeth 1?"

Jennifer Reid

This is something that people love to imagine, that these two icons of British culture could have had a relationship, and in this episode we look at Shakespeare's royal patronage, performances at court and whether or not anyone could really have had a relationship with a monarch at all.

Image: Ye Bard - hys Birth... ye immortal bard cometh to town - ergo, he is Born in ye merrie town of Stratford, A. D. 1564, c1850, by unknown author

Great Seal Queen Elizabeth 1
Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I

This weeks guests are:

- Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute
- Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager at the SBT
- Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT
- Dr Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the SBT 
- Ben Crystal, Actor, Director and producer.

Related posts on our Finding Shakespeare blog:

Searching for Elizabeth in the Collection
Royal Signatures: Queens Elizabeth
Intern Diaries: Cult and Coronation
“Entire delight unto all senses”: a foretaste of summer from the Laneham Letter, one of our rarest (and smallest!) books