Henry IV, Part 2

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2000 - Drama - 176 pages
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After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal’s reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV’s dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare’s portrait of the prodigal son’s journey from youth to maturity embraces the full panorama of society.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
Books About the Shakespeare Texts
THE ACTORS NAMES
INDUCTION
I1Enter the Lord Bardolph at one door
I2Enter Sir John Falstaff alone with his Page bearing his sword and buckler
I3Enter the Archbishop Thomas Mowbray Earl Marshal the Lords Hastings and Bardolph
II1Enter Hostess of the Tavern and an Officer or two Fang and another followed by Snare
IV1Enter the Archbishop of York Mowbray Hastings and others within the Forest of Gaultree
IV2Enter Prince John of Lancaster and his Army
IV3Alarum Excursions Enter Falstaff and Coleville meeting
IV4Enter the King Warwick Thomas Duke of Clarence Humphrey Duke of Gloucester and others
IV5
V1Enter Shallow Falstaff and Bardolph and Page
V2Enter Warwick meeting the Lord Chief Justice
V3Enter Sir John Falstaff Shallow Silence Davy Bardolph Page

II2Enter the Prince Henry and Poins with others
II3Enter Northumberland his Wife Lady Northumberland and the Wife to Harry Percy Lady Percy
II4Enter a Drawer or two Francis and a second
III1Enter the King in his nightgown alone with a Page
III2Enter Justice Shallow and Justice Silence with Mouldy Shadow Wart Feeble Bullcalf
V4Enter Beadle and three or four Officers with Hostess Quickly and Doll Tearsheet
V5Enter Grooms as strewers of rushes
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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was one of the most prosperous men of Stratford, who held in turn the chief offices in the town. His mother was of gentle birth, the daughter of Robert Arden of Wilmcote. In December, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, daughter of a farmer of Shottery, near Stratford; their first child Susanna was baptized on May 6, 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on February 22, 1585. Little is known of Shakespeare's early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

From 1592 onwards the records are much fuller. In March, 1592, the Lord Strange's players produced a new play at the Rose Theatre called Harry the Sixth, which was very successful, and was probably the First Part of Henry VI. In the autumn of 1592 Robert Greene, the best known of the professional writers, as he was dying wrote a

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