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Henry IV, Part II by William Shakespeare

Henry IV, Part II (edition 2009)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:Henry IV, Part II
Authors:William Shakespeare
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Henry IV, Part II by William Shakespeare



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This play was the third in a series of 8 which together formed Shakespeare’s masterful saga of 'History' plays chronicling the turbulent final century of the Plantagenet Dynasty from the deposition of Richard II in 1399 to the death of Richard III at Bosworth field in 1485.

Altogether, they have all the high drama of an epic saga with their vivid accounts of treachery, ambition, power, betrayal, feuding and war in an age of bloody upheaval.
If all this sounds gloomy and depressing, there are also colourful well-developed and memorable characters including the 'man mountain' plump and usually tipsy John Falstaff and the heroic Henry V as well as plenty of courage, chivalry and deeds of daring-do with a smattering of romance and humour.

Whoever said Shakespeare was boring? It should be said, however, that I could not fully appreciate these plays by simply reading them- they had to be seen as well. They are not, after all, novels, and reading through them in the way one would a book can be a tedious experience.

An increasingly unstable and insecure King Henry faces yet more rebellion and opposition from within and without.
Beset by failing health and troubled all the more by his conscience and fear of divine judgement upon him and his line for his crime of the deposition and murder of the rightful King.
The Earl of Northumberland and other nobles gather together their forces to make war against the King once again, but their readiness to negotiate proves fatal.
Meanwhile, Prince Hal still frequents the taverns of London, but his old friend Falstaff has come up with a new scheme to make gain money, prestige and hopefully the favour of the King and is the source of as much humour as before.
As King Henry's troubled reign comes to an end, however, Price Hal has some must mature to accept the great responsibility which is soon to be thrust upon him, even though it comes at the price of disowning his former companions of friends.

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  Medievalgirl | Oct 4, 2016 |
I'm not big into the histories ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
I think this is my favorite essay prompt that I've written for my Berkeley students (so far):

A Double-Edged Sword: Sex and Death
What is the relationship between women and violence in 2 Henry IV? Do women advocate for peace or employ a different kind of violent rhetoric? Is the realm of women creative and the male sphere destructive? Does participation in the female sphere keep men from war (male-male violence)? Do women wield power through their sexuality? Or does their sexuality keep them away from power? Are sexual powers the opposite of military prowess? Or are they two edges of the same sword in 2 Henry IV?
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
Falstaff has an entire speech about drinking. Of course. Not as entertaining as the first part, but acts IV and V make it worth it. ( )
  trilliams | May 30, 2015 |
Falstaff is at his best in this play. Hal's abuse of him almost inspires sympathy for the blackguard. The transformation of the irresponsible Hal into a stately King is, however, rather hard to swallow.

The death scene of HIV is a wonderful scene. It's easier for me to see Hal take the crown for his own head before his father is even cold (or dead for that matter) than it is for me to see Hal become a serious young man. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
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Open your ears; for which of you will stop

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Powerful rebels are mustering their forces to topple the aging King Henry IV from his throne. Their success seems assured because the dying king cannot depend upon his son and heir Prince Hal. Instead, King Henry relies on the aid of the latest war hero Sir John Falstaff...and the kingdom is soon in for a big surprise.… (more)

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