- Macbeth was first performed in 1606 in front of King James I at Hampton Court, London. William Shakespeare wrote the play soon after the gunpowder plot was discovered. Macbeth was first performed in 1606 in front of King James I at Hampton Court, London.
- James the 1st believed in witchcraft
- He was one of the best witch hunters
- During the last nine years of his reign just five people were hanged for witchcraft in England.
- Everyone feared evil portents
- His mother’s violent death seems to have inspired in James a dark fascination with magic.
- James published a book about black magic.
- Despite the fact that a single woman ruled England at the time of WilliamShakespeare, the Elizabethan society was patriarchal. Women were considered the weaker sex and in need always of being protected. ... Acting was considered unsuitable; for this reason, young men played roles in Shakespeare's time.