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Henry VI Part Three, Shakespeare,  William
Henry VI Part Three
William Shakespeare

Paperback $22.99 - Penguin UK
Plays, Theatre & Dance - Published: 26/Aug/2015 - ISBN: 9780141396613

'Off with the crown; and, with the crown, his head; And, whilst we breathe, take time to do him dead'

The battle-stained soldiers of the House of York, triumphant over their enemies, throw a decapitated head on to the floor of parliament and see their chance to seize power from King Henry. The Queen is so angered by her husband's weakness that she declares war. As violent conflict rages throughout England, political and family ties break down, and, amidst the chaos, the hunchback Richard becomes a growing menace. Shakespeare's third drama of the Wars of the Roses plays out the bloody cycle of civil war and its tragic consequences.

General Introduction on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre by Stanley Wells
Edited by Norman Sanders with an introduction by Gillian Day

'It exposes the dark heart of civil war.' Michael Pennington

William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was one of the most prosperous men of Stratford, who held in turn the chief offices in the town. His mother was of gentle birth, the daughter of Robert Arden of Wilmcote. In December, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, daughter of a farmer of Shottery, near Stratford; their first child Susanna was baptized on May 6, 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on February 22, 1585. Little is known of Shakespeare's early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

From 1592 onwards the records are much fuller. In March, 1592, the Lord Strange's players produced a new play at the Rose Theatre called Harry the Sixth, which was very successful, and was probably the First Part of Henry VI. In the autumn of 1592 Robert Greene, the best known of the professional writers, as he was dying wrote a

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