Henry IV, Part 1

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2000 - Drama - 160 pages
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Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

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Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE OF STRATFORDUPONAVON GENTLEMAN
THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
I1Enter the King Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland Sir Walter Blunt with others
I2Enter Prince of Wales and Sir John Falstaff
I3Enter the King Northumberland Worcester Hotspur Sir Walter Blunt with others
II1Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand
II2Enter Prince Poins Peto and Bardolph
II3Enter Hotspur alone reading a letter
III3Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
IV1Enter Hotspur Worcester and Douglas
IV2Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
IV3Enter Hotspur Worcester Douglas Vernon
IV4Enter the Archbishop of York and Sir Michael
V1Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Sir Walter Blunt Falstaff
V2Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon
V3The King enters with his power Alarum to the battle Exeunt Then enter Douglas and Sir Walter Blunt

II4Enter Prince and Poins
III1Enter Hotspur Worcester Lord Mortimer Owen Glendower
III2Enter the King Prince of Wales and others
V4Alarum Excursions Enter the King the Prince Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland
V5The trumpets sound Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland with Worcester and Vernon prisoners
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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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