On 17 July 1603, Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested, on treason charges.
|Arrest of Sir Walter Raleigh, from Cassell's Illustrated History of England|
He was implicated in plotting to remove King James from his throne, and put Arbella Stuart (James’s cousin) in his place.
If Raleigh was conspiring against King James, then it spoke to a deep level of distrust and fear that many people in London, and in England in general, had of this new king.
With Shakespeare’s promotion to King’s Man, it was a signal that King James wanted the arts to continue to flourish, and he wanted theatres to remain open.
But 410 years ago, on 17 July, Shakespeare may have realized that he got more than he bargained for.
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