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Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare

Henry IV, Part I

by William Shakespeare

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Series: Second Tetralogy (2), Shakespeare's Histories (4)

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Much more interesting than Richard II. The love of Henry IV for Hotspur over his own son seems to foreshadow the King Lear tragedy. Shakespeare depicts HIV as a fairly weak king, in my opinion, but I suppose this is meant to boost HV's status.

The Hal/Falstaff robbery scene was quite amusing and set up the drama of the Hal/Hotspur confrontation with Falstaff taking credit for Hotspur's death. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading Shakepeare's "King Henry IV, Part One". It was my first time reading one of Shakepeare's historical plays and this one exceeded my expectations.

It's got a good story line, Henry IV is fighting rivals for his throne and trying to bring his unruly son under control. Falstaff is a pretty funny character -- I thought he was much more fun here than in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." ( )
  amerynth | Mar 22, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading part 1. Shakespeare has a way with words that few authors do. I loved his interpretation of Falstaff and the humor he assigned to this character. The war scenes were brilliantly done. By the end of the book, Prince Henry has done what he vowed he would - become a prince his father could be proud of. Fun, fun read. ( )
  DMYates | Mar 5, 2014 |
The central characters are supposed to be an old king trying to keep the crown he so dubiously earned and the wild young prince whose only apparent virtue in this play is his loyalty and fighting prowess. They are, as everyone knows, upstaged by two anti-heroes, the warrior Hotspur and the rough Sir John Falstaff. Hotspur was most interesting in his domestic scenes, where he proved himself to be an indifferent husband and a very trying in-law. I have heard so much about Falstaff over the years that it was a great joy to finally meet the old fart. Family conflicts, plots, fight scenes, and plenty of comic relief: someone watching this at the time would have thought that Shakespeare had done all that anyone could do with a history play. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Dec 31, 2013 |
I was a bit worried that I wouldn't get it, since I always have trouble with any books or movies which mix the funny and the serious. But I had no problems with this (unlike, say, The Tempest). Looking forward to part II and Henry V.

"But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time's fool
And time, that takes survey of all the world,
Must have a stop." Hotspur, V 4 80-82.

"Why? She's neither fish nor flesh; a man knows not where to have her."
"Thou art an unjust man in saying so. Thou or any man knows where to have me, thou knave thou." Falstaff & Mrs Quickly, III 3 126-129. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
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Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Towards the end of The First Part of King Henry IV, Prince Hal stands over two bodies.

Introduction, New Penguin Shakespeare.
So shaken as we are, so wan with care,

Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,

And breathe short-winded accents of new broils

To be commenc'd in stronds afar remote.
If all the year were playing holidays,

To sport would be as tedious as to work.
He hath eaten me out of house and home.
The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life.
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· A key to famous lines and phrases

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While King Henry IV rightly laments that his heir, the young Prince Hal, has not distinguished himself in battle, Hal is up to no good at the Boar's Head Tavern with his rotund cohort, Falstaff. With a rebellion rising against the throne at home, Hal lives it up in the ale houses of London, associating with petty schemers and masterminding practical jokes instead of military strategies. When his father sends a messenger to fetch his delinquent son, will Hal rally to the call?… (more)

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