King Henry VIII (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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King Henry VIII has one of the fullest theatrical histories of any play in the Shakespeare canon, yet has been consistently misrepresented, both in performance and in criticism. This edition offers a new perspective on this ironic, multi-layered, collaborative play, revealing it as a complex meditation on the progress of Reformation which sees English life since Henry VIII's day as a series of bewildering changes in national and personal allegiance and represents "history" as the product of varied and ...

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Overview

King Henry VIII has one of the fullest theatrical histories of any play in the Shakespeare canon, yet has been consistently misrepresented, both in performance and in criticism. This edition offers a new perspective on this ironic, multi-layered, collaborative play, revealing it as a complex meditation on the progress of Reformation which sees English life since Henry VIII's day as a series of bewildering changes in national and personal allegiance and represents "history" as the product of varied and contradictory testimony. McMullan makes a powerful claim for the rehabilitation of Henry VIII, providing the fullest performance history of any edition to date and reading the work not as a marginal "late" Shakespeare play but as a play which is paradigmatic of the achievement of Renaissance drama as a whole. His introduction emphasizes truth and conscience and the dramatic devices used to portray these themes. This edition's appendices elucidate the chronology for the events portrayed in King Henry VIII and other source works. A scene from Beaumont and Fletcher's A Maid's Tragedy, comments on music, a doubling chart, and other reference information are also included.
 
The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
Preface
 
INTRODUCTION
Authenticities: performance history
    Date and early performances
    Performances 1660-1916
    Performances 1916-2000
All is true: cultural history
    Truth and topicality
    Royal reputations
    The conscience of the King
    Truth and temperance
    Truth and textuality
    Truth and tragicomedy
    The character of the Queen
    Hidden reformations
    Truth and topicality: coda
Originals: textual history
    Text and modernization
    Resources
        Sources
        Analogues
    Collaboration
 
KING HENRY VIII (ALL IS TRUE)
 
Longer notes
 
APPENDICES
1. Contextual chronology for the events of Henry VIII
2. Comparative chronology (1603-13) for plays in the Fletcher and Shakespeare canons
3. Attribution and composition
4. The Maid's Tragedy
5. Uncollected sources/analogues
6. Music
7 Doubling chart
 
Abbreviations and references
    Abbreviations used in notes
    Works in the Shakespeare canon
    Works in the Fletcher canon
    Editions of Shakespeare collated
    Other works
    Modern productions cited
    Film/television productions cited
 
Index

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903436257
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 999,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon McMullan is a professor in the Department of English at King's College London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations General Editors preface Preface Introduction Authenticities: performance history - Date and early performances - Performances 1660-1916 - Performances 1916-2000 All is true: cultural history - Truth and topicality - Royal reputations - The conscience of the King - Truth and temperance - Truth and tragicomedy - The character of the Queen - Hidden reformations - Truth and topicality: coda Originals: textual history - Text and modernization - Resources - Sources - Analogues - Collaboration KING HENRY VIII (ALL IS TRUE) Longer notes Appendices 1) Contextual chronology for the events of Henry VIII 2) Comparative chronology (1603-13) for plays in Fletcher and Shakespeare canons 3) Attribution and composition 4) The Maids Tragedy 5) Uncollected sources/analogues 6) Music 7) Doubling chart Abbreviations and References Index

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