Where the word of a king is, there is power. Gives a history of the realtionship between Shakespeare and King James I.

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"Macbeth" is known as one of Shakespeare's greatest tragic plays of all time. It is interesting to know that four out of seven (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth) of the legend's best works were written after King James I took Shakespeare's company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, under his own patronage and renamed them The King's Men. In fact, Shakespeare seems to go to great lengths to appease his biggest fan. After all, he may have been one of the greatest playwrights of all time, but Shakespeare was a businessman first and foremost. Macbeth is perhaps the greatest example of Shakespeare's ventures to please the boss guy. It also remains incomplete, which may be the most tragic part of Shakespeare's legacy.

King James I was not always King James I. He was born James Charles Stuart on June 19, 1566 at Edinburg Castle in Scotland. His father, Lord Darnley, was murdered in early 1567 before young James was one year old.

His mother Mary was imprisoned in England by her cousin Queen Elizabeth, and 19 years later, in February of 1587, was executed for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. So, like most royalty of the age, James never knew his parents. He was crowned King James VI of Scotland five days after his father's death at the tender age of thirteen months. Of course, James did not actually start ruling his native land of Scotland until the age of nineteen. In 1603, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth, King James IV ascended to the English throne. He had already been king of Scotland for 36 years, and was now known as King James VI of Scotland & I of England.

Under King James IV/I's rule, both Scotland and England experienced something relatively new. For...