"Shakespeare must have recognized how much he had thrived on the highly charged political atmosphere of the past twelve months, when the nation had confronted everything from an “Invisible Armada” and an ill-fated Irish campaign to the banning and burning of books and the silencing of preachers—experiences that had deepened his bond with an audience that had come to depend on the theater to make sense of the world and had found in Shakespeare its most incisive interpreter."

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro