Monday, February 07, 2005

Scottish MPs: Shakespeare Was Wrong About Macbeth
LONDON (Reuters) - Macbeth was not the ambitious, cold-blooded murderer Shakespeare described in his play but a popular king who ruled over a peaceful land, a group of Scottish parliamentarians said Thursday.

They want to restore the reputation of the 11th century king of Scotland, who has been stained with villainy ever since Shakespeare's play was first performed 400 years ago.

'He (Macbeth) was perceived as a good king who stabilized the country and has since been maligned by Shakespeare's play,' said Scottish Member of Parliament, Alex Johnstone. "

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