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The Population of England in Shakespearean Times – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Australian, Australiana, History

William Shakespeare was born into a world that was short of people and struggled to keep those it had. In 1564 England had a population of between three and five million – much less than three hundred years earlier, when plague began to take a continuous toll.

So Australia should never use our population as an excuse for lack of ambition…

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