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17th century

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In 1601, Robert Catesby joined the Earl of Essex in rebellion against Elizabeth I, the Queen of England. As a result of this, he was imprisoned, fined 4,000 marks and also lost his estate. (GAME: The Gunpowder Plot)

Diary Extract

The Fifth Doctor with William Shakespeare and Richard Burbage. (PROSE: Diary Extract)

Late in the year, William Shakespeare began writing the play Twelfth Night with plans to finish it before Candlemas 1602. When Shakespeare presented an outline of the story to the leading actor Richard Burbage at an inn, they were joined by the Fifth Doctor. Shakespeare quickly became annoyed at the criticism given to him by the Doctor and stormed out of inn shortly after the Doctor arrived. (PROSE: Diary Extract)