Macbeth's Reign Or Banquo?

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William Shakespeare lived in England in the 1500s, living to witness the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and her successor King James I. His famous play Macbeth was written for the King in his early years of reign. King James I was a descendant of the real Banquo; an accomplice of Macbeth who aided in the murderous deeds, which led to speculation that Shakespeare had altered the facts about Macbeth 's reign and Banquo to please the King, as he was a patron of Shakespeare 's acting company. Macbeth himself was based on a real Scottish king of the same name that ruled in the 11th century, centuries before the development of the play. Macbeth in real life was far from the malicious tyrant that was depicted in the play, though he did, in fact, kill
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