• Shakespeare's Will
• Scenes and Monologues
The Globe Theatre
Unfortunately, the manuscript has suffered some mutilation, both in Henslowe’s time and in later periods. Several groups of signatures, cut out of the diary by subsequent readers, have found their way into the collections of major libraries, including the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Belvoir Castle, and in other cases it appears that entire pages might well have been removed. Although it is impossible to tell precisely what has been lost, what remains of Henslowe’s Diary is unmatched in terms of the ways in which it reveals the fascinating complexity of theatrical life and theatrical commerce in London, especially during the period between 1592 and 1605. 3
England in this era had some positive aspects that set it apart from contemporaneous continental European societies. Torture was rare, since the English legal system reserved torture only for capital crimes like treason  —though forms of corporal punishment, some of them extreme, were practised. The persecution of witches began in 1563, and hundreds were executed, although there was nothing like the frenzy on the Continent.  Mary had tried her hand at an aggressive anti-Protestant Inquisition and was hated for it; it was not to be repeated.