Richard II

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Open LibraryOL7627056M
ISBN 100660189674
ISBN 139780660189673

Richard II is one of the most enigmatic of English kings. Shakespeare depicted him as a tragic figure, an irresponsible, cruel monarch who nevertheless rose in stature as the substance of power slipped from him.

By later writers he has been variously portrayed as a half-crazed autocrat or a conventional ruler whose principal errors were the mismanagement of his nobility and disregard for the.

Nov 22,  · Richard II (The English Monarchs Series) [Nigel Saul] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Richard II is one of the most enigmatic of 4/4(16).

Sep 25,  · Richard II [William Shakespeare] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The first play of a historical tetralogy consisting of Shakespeare’s Henry IV (parts 1 and 2) and Henry V4/5(34).

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Written inRichard II occupies a significant place in the Shakespeare canon, marking the transition from the earlier history plays dominated by civil war and stark power to a more nuanced representation of the political conflicts of England's past where character and politics are inextricably intertwined.

It is the first of four connected plays--including 1 Henry IV,/5. Richard II (6 January – c. 14 February ), also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from until he was deposed in Richard's father, Edward the Black Prince, died inleaving Richard as heir apparent to King Edward the death of his grandfather Edward III, the year-old Richard succeeded to the throne.

Father: Edward, the Black Prince. The Life and Death of King Richard the Second, commonly called Richard II, is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled –) and is the first part of a Richard II book, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV.

Richard II, written aroundis the first play in Shakespeare's second "history tetralogy," a series of four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. (Its sequel plays are Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Richard II book V.) Richard II, set around the yeartraces the fall from power of the last king of the house of Plantagenet, Richard II, and his replacement.

Feb 23,  · Richard II () came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. He suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne/5.

SCENE I. London. KING RICHARD II's palace. Enter KING RICHARD II, JOHN OF GAUNT, with other Nobles and Attendants KING RICHARD II Old John of Gaunt, time-honour'd Lancaster, Hast thou, according to thy oath and band, Brought hither Henry Hereford thy bold son, Here to make good the boisterous late appeal, Which then our leisure would not let us.

Richard II is the first play in a tetralogy (a group of four plays) commonly referred to as the “Henriad.” This set of plays depicts the historic struggles for the English throne, and, along with Shakespeare’s other tetralogy, the changes of power that eventually led to the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, the monarch of England during the first part of Shakespeare’s career.

In contemporary society, Richard II is most often recounted through Shakespeare’s depiction of him as a vengeful, ruthless, tyrannical ruler. Prior to mental illness destroying his senses, Richard II was a peace seeker whose early ambitions were to forge harmony with his adversaries and those he ruled over.

He was a boy king who inherited the [ ]Author: Jeanette Lamb. Richard II by William Shakespeare is the first of eight plays that portray a historically-informed version of the War of the Roses - beginning in about and ending with Richard III's death in Edited by J.

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Smallheer and John Gonzalez. (Summary by Cori) Characters: Narration, Keeper, and Lord - read by Annie Coleman King Richard II and First Servant - read by Peter Yearsley. Richard II straddles two different literary genres: the Shakespearean tragedy (think Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet) and the history play (think Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V).How is it.

Jan 26,  · RICHARD III by William Shakespeare - FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books Richard III is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in. Mar 24,  · The Detective Novel That Convinced a Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil of Bordeaux” starred John Gielgud as Richard II—and she seems to have researched Richard III’s life first for a Author: Sara Polsky.

King Richard II succeeded to the throne as a boy king at a particularly turbulent time in English history. A French invasion was imminent, the Scottish Marches were in chaos, and the fallout from the Black Death threatened to steamroll the entire socio-political system.

By the end of his year-long reign, unrest would still be a common theme. Jul 01,  · Richard II Note: There is an improved edition of this title, eBook # Language: English: LoC Class: PR: Language and Literatures: English literature: Subject: Richard II, King of England, -- Drama Subject: Tragedies Subject: Historical drama Subject: Great Britain -- History -- Richard II, -- Drama Category: Text: EBook.

By the way, Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet around the same time he whipped up Richard II. was a productive year.) Henry compares Richard to a cormorant, a greedy bird known for eating fish whole.

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Richard, Gaunt says, will end up eating England herself. Need help with Act 2, Scene 1 in William Shakespeare's Richard II.

Check out our revolutionary side-by-side summary and analysis. Richard II. The above was a fair summary of the play, however, what would be interesting is to have an analysis of the meaning of the play for example in which way does the play represent the idea of kingship and government, and what comparisons can be made between the play and its sources.

Richard II, (born January 6,Bordeaux [France]—died FebruaryPontefract, Yorkshire [now in West Yorkshire], England), king of England from to An ambitious ruler with a lofty conception of the royal office, he was deposed by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke because of his arbitrary and factional rule.

Early years. Richard was the younger and only surviving son of Edward. Summary of the Play. King Richard II hears accusations made by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, that Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, has embezzled royal funds and is responsible. Feb 27,  · Buy Richard II (The English Monarchs Series) New Ed by Nigel Saul (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

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Sep 19,  · RICHARD II is played by Ben Whishaw, BOLINGBROKE by Rory Kinnear, MOWBRAY by James Purefoy, JOHN OF GAUNT by Patrick Stewart, NORTHUMBERLAND by David Morrissey and DUKE OF YORK by David Suchet. Sep 22,  · King Richard II's recipe book to go online A 14th-century recipe book compiled by King Richard II's master cooks is to put online for the first time to give modern-day chefs an insight into the.

This Study Guide consists of approximately pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of King Richard II. It is generally believed that Shakespeare wrote during the mids Many scholars maintain that the play could.

Before departing, Richard visits the ailing father of Bolingbroke, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Gaunt warns Richard with his dying words that he is flirting with danger and doing great harm to the country by allowing himself to be influenced by his sycophantic courtiers.

Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Jul 07,  · Here is a brief plot summary of Richard II: Shakespeare’s Richard II opens in the court of King Richard II in Coventry, where a dispute between Henry Bolingbroke, the son of John of Gaunt, and Thomas Mowbray, the Duke of Norfolk is to be resolved by a tournament.

Introduction. This is a study guide for the play Richard II written by William Shakespeare. Richard II as Failed King. Richard II pits two very different types of men against each other in what at first seems like a struggle for power.The personal prayer book of King Richard III — in which the English king likely scrawled a reminder of his birthday in his own hand — is now available to peruse online.May 27,  · RICHARD II by William Shakespeare ABOUT THE BOOK: King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately It .