How Was Shakespeare Influenced by Queen Elizabeth?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 12:30:35 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth I was one of Shakespeare's chief patrons and served as a staunch defender of his plays when critics attempted to have them banned from the stage. Her insistence that women were emotionally and intellectually equal to men influenced his portrayal of women characters as three-dimensional human beings, a first in literature and theater at that time.