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Only one of Shakespeare's comedies is set in England. Name the play.


Have you thought of the comedy?


Can you believe that an English writer set thirteen plays in Italy, but only one comedy in his own country? (Of course, Shakespeare's history plays and a few of his tragedies take place in England.)


How would you begin searching for his English comedy? We've given you a big hint by telling you that there's only one.


Look at a list of Shakespeare's comedies in your home, school, or town library. If you don't have any books handy, try looking on-line. A great site to use is http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/ .

You'll notice that at the bottom of the Web page there is a list of Shakespeare's plays.


As you read through a list of plays, you'll notice that Shakespeare sometimes puts the name of the setting right in the title, as in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice . Do any of the comedies have an English city in their title?


You should find the following play:
The Merry Wives of Windsor


Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I often spent a part of each year at Windsor Castle?

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