The Real Macbeth

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The historical figure of King Mac Bethad (r.1040-57) has been comprehensively eclipsed by the fictionalised version presented in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But Shakespeare’s character was not an original invention: instead, it drew upon centuries of accumulated myth-making. Kelly McRae explains

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"Little is known for certain about the historical Mac Bethad, king of Scots from 1040 to 1057. It is generally accepted among historians that he was born c.1005, held the title of mormaer of Moray from 1032 until his death, married his cousin’s widow at some point and later ruled as king of Scots until his death…"

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