Shakespeare's life contemporary events
1586
The Babington Plot to assassinate Elizabeth. Mary condemned to death because of alleged complicity.
Pope Sixtus V offers Philip of Spain one million crowns for a successful invasion of England.
Cavendish's first voyage to the South Seas.
John Ford is born.
Sir Philip Sidney dies.
1587
[The "lost years." Sometime between 1586 and 1594 Shakespeare leaves Stratford and moves to London.] Mary, Queen of Scots is executed.
Drake raids the port of Cadiz, delaying the Armada.
The Rose theatre is built on the Bankside in London; Companies of Earls of Essex and Leicester act at Stratford.
Christopher Marlowe writes Tamburlaine.