Shakespeare therefore began a play suitable for the occasion and audience. As he wrote Shakespeare was mindful of topical touches, and wove them into the dialogue. Marlowe's Edward the Second was a development in the writing of history plays, for he saw the story not as a series of scenes from history but as a tragic theme of fault and event. Shakespeare received many hints from Edward the Second. Shakespeare was now at work on another history, the story of King John, which also was concerned with England and France. Shakespeare ended his play with a quiet confidence which reflected the mood of ordinary, level-headed Englishmen. Southampton was eager to go over to Calais with Essex, and went down to Dover, but the Queen refused her leave, and he with several other young noblemen was ordered back to Court. Shakespeare's friendship with Southampton was renewed at this time.