King Henry IV, Part 2

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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: 9783655010617
  • Publisher: MVB E-Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: MVB Marketing
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 326 KB

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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