By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 7, 2020) – In Issue 45 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature we learn about some of the works of William Shakespeare

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Today marks the 414th anniversary of the opening of William Shakespeare’ Macbeth.

Macbeth is a tragedy about the damaging effects of political ambition and seeking power for its own sake.  An age-old topic. . .       

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s more famous works, along with Hamlet (“to be or not to be”), Romeo and Juliet (young love…till death), Othello (mix of love, betrayal, revenge and other assorted human conditions), King Lear (saga of having three daughters… doesn’t end well).  Can you name a few more?

Macbeth was performed for the first time at Hampton Court Palace located on the banks of River Thames in Middlesex.  This rather impressive palace built by Henry VIII is about 12 miles from central London and about 4 miles from our home while we were living in England.  

Here is Morden’s map of Middlesex from 1722

Morden’s map of Middlesex from 1722 (Credit Steve Kovacs)