ElizabethI : 800 a year each year of her reign,30,000.
Mary Tudor :283 total for reign.This is so called Bloody Mary?
Shakespear is good for many things tradgedy,drama,comedy, ect.
What is often missed is he is/was writing for the Tudor court of Elizabeth1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare
I consider him a "spin doctor", he can't do positive history plays unless her realives get a postive ,smypathic view!
"Shakespeare was living in the reign of Elizabeth I, the last monarch of the house of Tudor,
and his history plays are often regarded as Tudor propaganda because
they show the dangers of civil war and celebrate the founders of the
Another point with all the questions about authourship of Shakespear is ,He may have been Chatolic .
"members of Shakespeare's family were Catholics, at a time when Catholic practice was against the law. Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, certainly came from a pious Catholic family. The strongest evidence might be a Catholic statement of faith signed by John Shakespeare,
found in 1757 in the rafters of his former house in Henley Street. The
document is now lost, however, and scholars differ as to its
In 1591 the authorities reported that John Shakespeare had missed
church "for fear of process for debt", a common Catholic excuse. In 1606 the name of William's daughter Susanna appears on a list of those who failed to attend Easter communion in Stratford.["
William Byrd another Catholic " regularly appeared in the quarterly local assizes to pay heavy fines for recusancy." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Byrd