Shakespeare Saturday: Henry VIII

A peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. Henry VIII, a collaborative play between Shakespeare and John Fletcher, is famous for one thing above all else: during a performance on 29 June 1613 of a play called All is True a cannon fired on the stage ignited the thatched roof of the … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Henry VIII

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Shakespeare Saturday: King Henry IV, Part 1

Were't not for laughing, I should pity him Henry Bolingbroke, who seized the throne from Richard II and unwittingly got him assassinated, is not enjoying himself. He suffers from guilty conscience because of Richard's death, and unrest in the Scottish and Welsh borders is preventing him from going on the crusade he has promised. Closer … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: King Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespeare Saturday: Henry VI, Part 2

God forbid any malice should prevail/That faultless may condemn a noble man. With Henry VI I'm venturing into unknown territories. The only one of Shakespeare's histories I'm previously familiar with is Richard III, while the Henries have been just, well, a whole lot of Henries. As luck should have it, all three Henry VI plays … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Henry VI, Part 2