King Henry IV, Part 1

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Overview

This book (hardcover) is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS. It contains classical literature works from over two thousand years. Most of these titles have been out of print and off the bookstore shelves for decades. The book series is intended to preserve the cultural legacy and to promote the timeless works of classical literature. Readers of a TREDITION CLASSICS book support the mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion. With this series, tredition intends to make thousands of international literature classics available in printed format again - worldwide.
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The three individual plays launch the third edition of the venerable "Arden Shakespeare" series, which will see the entire canon reproduced in superior scholarly editions by the year 2000. The First Folio is a facsimile edition of the original 1623 publication of the bard's works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783849178628
  • Publisher: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.

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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, The First Part of King Henry the Fourth 17
Pt. 2 Early Modern Documents and Controversies 119
1 Historiography and the Uses of History 121
2 Civil Order and Rebellion 169
3 Cultural Territories 195
Mapping the Land and Its People 196
London 200
Theatre in London: Sites and Controversies 208
Alehouse and Tavern 211
Women in Henry IV, Part I: Wives, Rebels, and Others 216
Wales 218
4 The "Education" of a Prince 275
5 Honor and Arms: Elizabethan Neochivalric Culture and the Military Trades 318
The Chivalric Heritage 319
Elizabethan Rites and Chivalric Rights 321
War 326
Manuals of Honor: The Ideal and the Practice 334
6 The Oldcastle Controversy: "What's in a Name?" 349
Bibliography 392
Index 405
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First Chapter

(INDUCTION)

Enter Rumor, painted full of tongues.

[RUMOR]

Open your ears, for which of you will stop
The vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks?
I, from the orient to the drooping west,
Making the wind my post-horse, still unfold
The acts commenced on this ball of earth.
Upon my tongues continual slanders ride,
The which in every language I pronounce,
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
I speak of peace while covert enmity Under the smile of safety wounds the world.
And who but Rumor, who but only I,
Make fearful musters and prepared defense
Whiles the big year, swoll'n with some other grief,
Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war,
And no such matter? Rumor is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wav'ring multitude,
Can play upon it. But what need I thus
My well-known body to anatomize
Among my household? Why is Rumor here?
I run before King Harry's victory,
Who in a bloody field by Shrewsbury
Hath beaten down young Hotspur and his troops,
Quenching the flame of bold rebellion
Even with the rebels' blood. But what mean I
To speak so true at first? My office is
To noise abroad that Harry Monmouth fell
Under the wrath of noble Hotspur's sword,
And that the King before the Douglas' rage
Stooped his anointed head as low as death.
This have I rumored through the peasant towns
Between that royal field of Shrewsbury
And this worm-eaten [hold] of ragged stone,
(Where) Hotspur's father, old Northumberland,
lies crafty-sick. The posts come tiring on,
And not a man of them brings other news
Than they have learnt of me. From Rumor's tongues
They bring smooth comforts false, worse than
true wrongs

[Rumor] exits.

Copyright © 1999 by The Folger Shakespeare Library

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  • Posted April 22, 2015

     I love this play, and this edition. It's really a captivating a

     I love this play, and this edition. It's really a captivating and insightful play, which I'm reading right after finishing "The Plantagenets," which I also recommend, and which teed it up nicely. (That book ends with Henry IV deposing Richard II, leading directly to the situation this play depicts.) 

    One problem with reading the history of the English kings is their stories tend to blur together after while. I've always been able to keep Henry II straight, because I watched "The Lion in Winter" 20 years ago, and still picture Peter O'Toole as Henry, Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine, etc.  I think I have this set of Henry's etched in my brain for another 20, too.

    I tried two other editions of Henry IV, before settling on this one (Arden):

    - The Applause edition: I loved the thorough explanations and insights into how actors have played scenes over time FOR OTHER PLAYS (several of the well-known tragedies), so I was expecting the same. Nope. Nothing but lots of footnotes indicating technical decisions on which folio/quarto was used on a particular line.

    - Oxford School Series. The explanatory notes were very helpful, and I would have been very happy with this edition. But I compared this with Arden (reviewed here) line by and Arden had far more historical information and insightful notes on the wordplay (eg, biblical sources he was playing off). Also, the Oxford actually overdid it explaining some phrases I found obvious. 

    I went to B&N and worked through more than a dozen versions of this play, and found this most superior, by far. (Also, get historical info on all the major characters.) This appears to be the best out there. It costs a bit more: about $8 more than the others, but I'll be spending 40-60 hours with it, so that's less than 20 cents per hour of my time for something much more effective. A bargain.

    (If money is really tight, I highly recommend the "Oxford School Series," (and note that's different than just "Oxford," which is also out there. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    One of The Most Underrated Shakespeare Plays

    This play is one of Shakespeare's Histories, but don't let that frighten you! It is full of humor, love, and betrayal. I was assigned to read it for a class and if I hadn't been I probably would have been too intimadated to read it. Don't judge the play by it's title!

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