In 2016 Windsor Castle is celebrating the playwright's longstanding association with the town of Windsor and the royal court.
Some of Shakespeare's plays were written with performance at the royal court in mind. The comedy 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', which directly links the playwright to the historic town and the Castle, was performed in front of Elizabeth I in around 1600. There are a number of copies of 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' in the Royal Collection.
A manuscript dated 1607 shows views of Windsor Castle and the surrounding area as Shakespeare would have known it. Created for Henry, Prince of Wales (eldest son of James I), The Description of the Honor of Windesor is one of only two copies and includes locations and landmarks mentioned in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', and which still exist today.
Shakespeare in the Royal Library is part of a visit to Windsor Castle, 13 February 2016 – January 2017.
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