William Shakespeare (1564-1616) lived in turbulent times. In the guise of examining what the Romans had done, political authority was being challenged seriously from various points along the political spectrum, from communal to individual demands and absolutist stances to the Diggers of the mid- 17th century.
"The Right To Resist The Government: Tyranny, Usurpation, And Regicide In Shakespeare's Plays,"
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 14
, Article 2.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/ilsajournal/vol14/iss1/2