Henry VI, Part 2

Henry VI, Part 2

by William Shakespeare


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781722898533
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
A Note on Titlesx
Three Plays or a Trilogy?1
Theatricality and Modernity6
History and Pseudo-history32
The Fall of Duke Humphrey36
Dramatic Style: Henry and Margaret40
Suffolk and Margaret44
Jack Cade's Rebellion50
The Outbreak of War57
Date and Chronology60
Textual Introduction75
Q as a reported text78
Revision in the Folio text87
The Folio text and this edition98
Editorial Procedures101
Abbreviations and References102
Henry VI, Part Two105
Appendix APassages from the Quarto Text289
Appendix BChronicle Sources295
Appendix CAlterations to Lineation307

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Henry VI, Part 2 (Pelican Shakespeare Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AshRyan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Shakespeare's histories are best read back to back in sequence, which gives a broader context and more of a historical sense. It can be a bit confusing to just take in one at random, more or less like dropping in on the middle of a story.That is particularly true here, in the second part (of three) about the reign of Henry VI. There is a lot going on in this play, and some of the acts seem to be there mainly to move us along in the historical narrative as efficiently as possible. There are some interesting characters who Shakespeare takes some extra time to develop a bit more, but most of them are just various plotters in various factions who get killed off by each other in short order.The most interesting part of this play is Act IV, which is all about Jack Cade's rebellion. Shakespeare portrays him as nothing more than a rabble-rousing, populist demagogue, and brutally satirizes such movements as pandering to the lowest common denominator. Cade promises his followers, who are mostly petty criminals, a sort of communist utopia, with an unending supply of free booze. Then, as his first official act, he executes a clerk for being literate enough to be able to sign his own name, rather than simply making a mark like a plain, honest man---and likewise promises to "kill all the lawyers." And things go downhill from there.This isn't one of Shakespeare's best histories, but it has its merits and is definitely not bad either.