Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy. ... show more
Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy. Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations. Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
Publish date: August 25th 2009
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Series: Wars of the Roses (#2)
This was another play I read last year in my Shakespeare class, and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. The story and characters grew on me the more time I had to reflect on them, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked reading one of Shakespeare’s historical plays. I’ve only touched his trag...
Thank God for Youtube. As I have said before reading a Shakespearian play that I have not seen on either stage or screen can be a difficult task at best. In fact reading any play that I have not seen on stage or screen can be difficult, since they are generally not meant to be read but performed. Th...
This play is most famous not for the character of King Henry IV, but for the interaction between Prince Hal and Falstaff. That's justly so, because you do have a tendency to forget that Henry IV is in it and he is the weakest part of the play. The most obvious interpretation of the play is that Prin...
Henry IV - Part 12/4 When King Henry is threatened by rebellion, Prince Hal must join him to defeat the rebels. From wiki:Hotspur: Sir Henry Percy KG (20 May 1364 – 21 July 1403) was the eldest son of Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, and Margaret Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron...
Weird mix of propaganda for prince henry and life lessons from falstaff. Lukewarm read for me.