“The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think there's not much to say about this play that hasn't already been said by ardent fans of Shakespeare. I did find it surprising that Henry himself (sorry, "King Harry" in the casting) didn't have as large a part as I imagined he would have in his own play. Then again, that seems par … Continue reading “The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I wasn't sure what to make of this play. I didn't even know Shakespeare had written a play about King John (Richard the Lionheart's brother) until I picked up this book and the book Shakespeare's English Kings. I'd never heard of the play being performed, or anything. So I was just as surprised to see … Continue reading “The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Henry VI: Part One,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Heavens, this is a tricky one to read, and my love of history is clashing with The Bard's words as he takes liberties with British history and the timing of battles and characters. This play features very little of Henry VI again, but features plenty of others who will create the chaos and … Continue reading “Henry VI: Part One,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (#4 of 4), edited by Paula Guran

My Copy: 9780762449378 (image from amazon.com) Part 1 review here. Part 2 review here. Part 3 review here. It turns out I miscounted the number of stories. There are only 27, not 28, so this last review of The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons will have only 6 short stories to review. This was … Continue reading The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (#4 of 4), edited by Paula Guran