Religion in Europe in the 1500’s: What were the predominant religions in England? Italy? Describe the structure of the church hierarchy. Discuss the power yielded by the church.
Unsolved Mysteries: Some people believe that Shakespeare did not really write his plays. There are some theories that someone wrote the plays under the pen name of Shakespeare. Was Shakespeare an imposter? Some say the portraits you see of Shakespeare are not really him. Explore these theories. What was the authorship controversy all about? Why are there doubts about Shakespeare’s authenticity? Look into the following: Sir Francis Bacon, Edward DeVere, Christopher Marlowe, and Queen Elizabeth.