The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

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Penguin, 2000 - Fiction - 117 pages
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The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
I2 Enter Prince of Wales and Sir John Falstaff
I3 Enter the King Northumberland Worcester Hotspur Sir Walter Blunt with others
II1 Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand
II2 Enter Prince Poins Peto and Bardolph
II3 Enter Hotspur alone reading a letter
III1 Enter Hotspur Worcester Lord Mortimer Owen Glendower
III2 Enter the King Prince of Wales and others
IV2 Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
IV3 Enter Hotspur Worcester Douglas Vernon
IV4 Enter the Archbishop of York and Sir Michael
VI Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Sir Walter Blunt Falstajf
V2 Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon
V3 The King enters with his power Alarum to the battle Exeunt Then enter Douglas and Sir Walter Blunt
V4 Alarum Excursions Enter the King the Prince Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland
V5 The trumpets sound Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland with Worcester and Vernon prisoners

III3 Enter Fahtaffand Bardolph
IV 1 Enter Hotspur Worcester and Douglas

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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