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  • William Shakespeare (bef.1564 - 1616)
    William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman and a successful glover originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowning farmer. He was born in Stra...
  • "Macduff" I King of Scotland (930 - 967)
    The historical equivalent of the character represented by Shakespeare in That Scottish Play. Other than his spanning the reigns of Malcolm II, Duncan I, Macbeth, and Malcolm III [what evidence that he ...
  • Fleance, {FICT} (c.1020 - c.1045)
    wikipedia : Fleance and his father Banquo are both fictional characters presented as historical fact by Hector Boece, whose Scotorum Historiae (1526–27) was a source for Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles,...

Many of the plays of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) are dramatizations of historical events, while others contain a kernel of history or allusions to history.

MacBeth

See also: Macbeth - Historical Context of Shakespeare's Play

The Stuart Line back to King Arthur through Fleance & Banquo

Fleance and his father Banquo are both fictional characters presented as historical fact by Hector Boece, whose Scotorum Historiae (1526–27) was a source for Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, a history of the British Isles popular in Shakespeare's time. In the Chronicles, Fleance—in fear of Macbeth—flees to Wales and marries Nesta verch Gruffydd, daughter of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, the last native Prince of Wales. They have a son named Walter who makes his way back to Scotland and is appointed Royal Steward. According to legend, he fathered the Stuart monarchs of England and Scotland.

The Stuarts used their connection with Fleance and his marriage to the Welsh princess to claim a genealogical link with the legendary King Arthur. This, they hoped, would strengthen the legitimacy of their throne.[3] In 1722, however, Richard Hay, a Scottish historian, presented strong evidence that not only was James not a descendant of Fleance, but also that both Fleance and Banquo never even existed. Most modern scholars now agree that Fleance is not a real historical figure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleance