The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare
March 24

The fat, fun-loving character of Falstaff is considered by many to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest inventions. Perhaps the biggest fan was Queen Elizabeth who insisted that Shakespeare write a play that featured Falstaff after he killed him off in Henry V. The Merry Wives of Windsor is the result of that request. While in the history plays, we see Falstaff’s antics in war, here we see the ridiculousness of Falstaff in love.