|The Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon|
|inside the Guildhall|
What kind of effect did these plays have on Shakespeare, who would go on to write the greatest plays in history?
When Shakespeare became the most successful and popular playwright in London, in the late 1590's, he was embroiled in the most important power struggle in Queen Elizabeth's court. Shakespeare was a weapon used by the Earl of Essex against Robert Cecil.
This power struggle would lead to the failed Essex Rebellion, which in turn would inspire Shakespeare to write his greatest masterpiece, Hamlet.
It is funny to imagine that in a summer not entirely unlike this one in 2013, there was a young boy who would go see a play, and he would grow up to change the world.
David B. Schajer
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