Henry VI Part 2, Part 2
Simon and Schuster, Nov 23, 2021 - Drama - 384 pages
The authoritative edition of Henry VI, Part 2 from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.
Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord Protector of England and the most powerful man in the kingdom, who is murdered after his wife goes into exile.
Next to meet an unfortunate end is the Duke of Suffolk, the queen’s lover, who rules England through her. After Suffolk conspires with the cardinal of Winchester to kill Gloucester, he is banished and assassinated. The cardinal dies raving of his own guilt.
Ultimately, the king’s weakness lies behind these events. Preferring spiritual contemplation, he has left others to contend for power. Now his liberty is at risk as Jack Cade, and then the Duke of York, rise against him. The play leaves us in suspense about Henry’s fate by ending with the start of the Wars of the Roses—a conflict setting the white rose of the Duke of York against the red rose of King Henry, of the House of Lancaster.
This edition includes:
-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Nina Levine
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
ts Shakespeares Life xxxiii
A Modern Perspective
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
Common terms and phrases
actors appear arms bear begins blood Buckingham Cade Cardinal characters Clifford close common court crown death Duchess Duke early edition Edward Elizabethan enemy England English Enter example exit father fear fight Folio follow France give Gloucester Grace hand hast hath head heart Henry VI Highness hold Humphrey John kill KING HENRY leave live London Look lord Maine master means murder never nobles performed Peter picture plays political present Press printed Protector Proverbial quarto QUEEN MARGARET reason Richard rose royal Salisbury scene Shake Shakespeare Somerset speak stage stand Suffolk sword theater thee thou thought University unto Warwick wearing York