Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeare's history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide to the Richards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare's page and stage. Not only theater-goers and students, but today's film-goers who want to enrich their understanding of film adaptations of plays such as Richard III and Henry V will find this revised edition of Shakespeare's English Kings to be an essential companion.
Saccio's engaging narrative weaves together three threads: medieval English history according to the Tudor chroniclers who provided Shakespeare with his material, that history as understood by modern scholars, and the action of the plays themselves. Including a new preface, a revised further reading list, genealogical charts, an appendix of names and titles, and an index, the second edition of Shakespeare's English Kings offers excellent background reading for all of the ten history plays.
  

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User Review  - AlCracka - LibraryThing

My summer project was to read each of Shakespeare's ten history plays along with their respective chapters in this book. I failed, in that I just couldn't be assed to read King John. Screw that play ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph McGarry - Goodreads

I once had a high school English teacher describe Shakespeare's histories as "boring". Part of the reason for that is that it is easy to get lost in the murk of history. The events happened around 600 ... Read full review

Contents

history and history plays
3
RICHARD II the fall of the king
17
2 THE BOLINGBROKENORFOLK QUARREL
24
3 THE USURPATION
28
4 THE EARLS REBELLION
33
HENRY IV the king embattled
37
2 THE BATTLE OF SHREWSBURY
47
3 GAULTREE FOREST AND BRAMHAM MOOR
51
RICHARD III the last plantagenet
157
2 THE ACCESSION OF RICHARD III
169
3 BOSWORTH AND THE TUDORS
178
JOHN the legitimacy of the king
187
2 THE LIMITS OF ROYAL AUTHORITY
195
3 USURPED RIGHTS
201
HENRY VIII the supreme head
209
2 HENRYS REIGN TO
211

4 THE KING AND THE PRINCE
56
HENRY V the king victorious
65
2 THE FRENCH THRONE
75
HENRY VI the loss of empire
91
2 THE END OF THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR
94
3 HISTORY AND I HENRY VI
104
HENRY VI the rival kings
115
2 THE FORTUNES OF RICHARD DUKE OF YORK
126
3 EDWARD IV 14611471
138
3 THE ENGLISH REFORMATION
222
afterword to the Second Edition
229
Appendix on names and titles
239
genealogical charts
245
chronological chart
253
bibliography
257
further bibliography
269
index of persons
275
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Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English at Dartmouth College.

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