The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written prior to 1597. It features the fat knight Sir John Falstaff. Though nominally set in reign of Henry IV, the play make no pretence to exist in outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life. It has been adapted for the opera on occasions.

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