Raphael Holinshed, The... Chronicles, 1577, 'History of Scotland', - naval conflict, woodcut, p. 233, detail.

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Date:1577

Description:Sea-battles in Shakespeare’s time.

Throughout Shakespeare’s early years in London there was continual war between England and Spain, culminating in 1588 with the defeat of the Spanish Armada fleet. Accounts of warfare at sea feature in Shakespeare’s plays of Antony & Cleopatra 3,10 lines 1-20 and Othello 2,1, lines 202-203.


Full title: Raphael Holinshed, The firste [laste] volume of chronicles of England, Scotlande and Irelande. Conteyning the description and chronicles of England from the first inhabiting unto the conquest; the description and chronicles of Scotland from the first originall of the Scotts nation, till the yeare of our Lorde 1571; The desription and chronicles of Yrelande likewise from the firste originall of that nation untill the yeare 1547. Faithfully gathered and set forth by Raphaell Holinshed. London, imprinted for George Bishop, 1577. Which contains: The Historie of Scotland... unto the yeare 1571, London, imprinted for George Bishop London, for George Bishop, 1577, where this woodcut may be found.


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1590s
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William Shakespeare, Quartos, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1600 [1619] - Theseus goes hunting, p.F4v.
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