An intellectual revolution took place in the 17th century that established the fundamentals of modern thought. As philosopher A.C. Grayling has noted, how is this demonstrated by the premiere of Macbeth in 1605 and the execution of King Charles I in 1649?

Answer: The audience watching Macbeth in 1605 may have believed that regicide was such an aberration that it would cause ghosts to burst from the ground. A mere 44 years later however, a large crowd, which may have included some of those who saw Macbeth, stood to witness the execution of a king.

Source: The Age of Genius by A.C. Grayling

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