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Macbeth was one of William Shakespeares finest plays Although many people have read Macbeth not many people know that King Macbeth of Scotland actually existed and what influenced Shakespeare to write about him English culture and society as well as the historical figure Macbeth impacted Shakespeares infamous play The historical King Macbeth reigned in Scotland for 17 years from 1040-1057 He had a wife named Coruoch and a stepson named Luloch Although Macbeth did kill Duncan he was not the gentle king as described in Macbeth Killing a king was not uncommon at this time as Macbeths 7-9 predecessors were killed as well In 1050 Macbeth went on a religious pilgrimage to Rome to seek absolution for Duncans death Unlike Macbeth Malcolm rather than Macduff killed the historical Macbeth Luloch known as the Idiot reigned for five months after Macbeths death until Malcom overthrew him Although there are differences between Shakespeares Macbeth and the historical figure Macbeth it is obvious that Shakespeare based his character on this Scottish king The person who influenced Shakespeare to write Macbeth was King James I of England who reigned from 1566 to 1625 King James who was also known as King James 6 of Scotland succeeded the throne of Queen Elizabeth James mother Mary Queen of Scots was known as a tragic queen since she killed James father At age sixteen rivals kidnapped James and at age 20 James mother was executed King James was intellectual scholarly and an insatiable curiost His ideal of heaven was the Oxford Library In 1584 while he was only 18 years old James wrote Essays of Apprentice in Fine Arts of Poetry He discussed a new translation of the bible The Authorized Version which is the most popular bible today James also wrote in defense of the Divine Right of Kings- that kings were chosen by God but they must rule well King James succeeded in ruling an authoritarian
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