I'd love to know what it is about Shakespeare and his unique ability to make kings into secondary characters in their own stories. Well, perhaps it's because he was too busy thinking up Henry V that he had to throw some of it in here first, lest he lose all his ideas. I just find … Continue reading “The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV),” 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
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
My Copy: 9780199267170 If you're wondering where the hell Henry VI, Part I went as a review, I haven't done it yet. When tackling this reading-and-reviewing Shakespeare thing, I had a tough job to do. I was initially going to try and get the plays reviewed in chronological order by historical event. However, with the myriad … Continue reading “Henry VI, Part II,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.