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The Third Part of King Henry VI (The New Cambridge Shakespeare series) / Edition 1
     

The Third Part of King Henry VI (The New Cambridge Shakespeare series) / Edition 1

by William Shakespeare, Michael Hattaway
 

ISBN-10: 0521377056

ISBN-13: 9780521377058

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A series of outstanding productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and others have recently demonstrated the theatrical vitality of Shakespeare's plays about the reign of Henry VI. In the Third Part Shakespeare extends his essay on monarchical politics by contrasting two kings, the good but ineffective Henry VI with his rival, the sensual and victorious Edward IV.

Overview

A series of outstanding productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and others have recently demonstrated the theatrical vitality of Shakespeare's plays about the reign of Henry VI. In the Third Part Shakespeare extends his essay on monarchical politics by contrasting two kings, the good but ineffective Henry VI with his rival, the sensual and victorious Edward IV. He also offers more evidence of the perils of aristocratic factionalism in a series of scenes that display the grievous wounds caused by the Wars of the Roses. Here we watch the savage death of the Duke of York at the hands of Queen Margaret, the moving lament of King Henry as he witnesses the slaughter of the battle of Towton where the Lancastrians were defeated, and finally, Henry's death at the hands of Richard of Gloucester, later King Richard III.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521377058
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Series:
New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; 1. Henry VI: the reign and the plays; 2. The Play: 'what should be the meaning of all those foughten fields?'; 3. Stage history; 4. Date and occasion; 5. Sources; 6. Note on the text; 7. List of characters; 8. The Play; 9. Textual analysis; Appendices; Genealogical tables; Reading list.

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