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Following a fierce battle, Macbeth, a Scottish nobleman, meets three “weird sisters” who tell him that he will be “king hereafter.”Macbeth becomes convinced that he can only become king of Scotland by killing Duncan, the present king. Macbeth tells his wife about his meeting with the witches, and she tells him that she will take charge of the preparations for Duncan’s murder. Macbeth kills the king, and he and Lady Macbeth become king and queen of Scotland. Macbeth arranges other murders to secure his hold on the throne, including the slaughter of the innocent Lady Macduff and her children. Enraged by his family’s murder, the nobleman Macduff unites with Duncan’s son Malcolm and other Scottish nobles to raise a rebellion. Macduff confronts and kills Macbeth. Malcolm becomes king. Learn more...
Books in our library on Macbeth
Shakespeare's Life and Times
Shakespeare's Life and Times introduces you to the world Shakespeare lived and worked in
The age of Shakespeare was a great time in English history.
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Shakespeare's Sources for Macbeth
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Life in England during Elizabethan Era
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BBC - History - British History, The Tudors
Britain has been shaped by turmoil between its nations, and tension between state and church. But centuries of conflict would forge the power at the heart of the largest empire the world has ever seen. Discover more..
British History Online
British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. We aim to support the learning, teaching and research of our users from around the world.