The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: Henry VI Part I (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)

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9781932219524: The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: Henry VI Part I (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)
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Presents Shakespeare's play that traces the personal and political fortunes of King Henry VI in a full-cast dramatization.

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This second part of the history of Henry VI begins where Henry VI Part One ends. The Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster are in full swing, whilst intrigue at court becomes even more intense. Henry's wife, Margaret of Anjou takes centre stage with her lover Suffolk, conspiring against Henry's uncle, Gloucester, claiming that his wife is in league with a coven of witches. The Duke of York also plots against the ineffectual Henry, encouraging a people's revolt led by the memorable figure of Jack Cade, and then taking to the field himself. At the Battle of St. Albans, York's son Richard, the future King Richard III, kills Gloucester, leaving the Yorkist faction in the ascendancy.

A violent and chaotic play, Henry VI Part Two shows much of Shakespeare's early dramatic inexperience. Much of the verse, and many of the minor characters are undifferentiated. However, both Margaret of Anjou and Jack Cade are fascinating early characterisations which foreshadow some of Shakespeare's greatest subsequent tragic figures. --Jerry Brotton

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John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.

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