Richard II Part 3

No pictures with this one because they would all just be too depressing... Act IV, Scene 1 Henry Bolingbroke calls Bagot before him to ask what he knows of Gloucester’s death. He immediately blames the whole affair on Aumerle. Aumerle scoffs at the accusation and barely even wants to offer a response, but throws down … Continue reading Richard II Part 3

Richard II Part Two

Act III, Scene 1 Bolingbroke sentences Bushy and Green to death. He wouldn’t even bother telling them why, but he doesn’t want anyone thinking that he killed them unjustly. So, he explains that they lead the King astray and stole his attention so often that they actually came between him and his Queen. Then, of … Continue reading Richard II Part Two

Act I, Scene 1 Richard calls forth his uncle, John of Gaunt, to explain the position of Henry Bolingbroke, Gaunt’s son. As far as Gaunt can tell, Bolingbroke has evidence of some treachery from Thomas Mowbry, the Duke of Norfolk. Since the treachery seems directed at Richard, he decides to hear their case. Bolingbroke and … Continue reading

The Tumultuous Reign of Richard II

Before we jump into the play about Richard II, it's important to understand the basic facts of his reign, as they would have been understood by an Elizabethan audience. Richard's reign was defined by those who tried to exert power through him. First, by the men put in charge of him as a minor. Then, … Continue reading The Tumultuous Reign of Richard II

King John Part 3

Let's see how this all ends...probably really well for everyone. Act IV, Scene 1 Hubert prepares with the executioner to surprise Arthur, bind him to a chair, and have the red hot iron ready. Hubert starts talking to Arthur, who is just delightful. He asks why Hubert is sad and reflects on his own misfortune. … Continue reading King John Part 3

King John Part 2

And there was peace between England and France...for 2.5 seconds. Act III, Scene 1 Salisbury just told Constance about the marriage between Louis and Blanche. Constance doesn't take it well. First she doesn't believe him, but he confirms it to be true. She laments about this turn of events and wishes she could die from … Continue reading King John Part 2

King John Part 1

This has already been much more enjoyable than anticipated, in large part due to the character Philip the Bastard. Act I, Scene 1 Chantillon, an emissary from France, comes to tell John that he isn't really King and that he should just give up the throne to his nephew Arthur. In a shocking turn of … Continue reading King John Part 1

Introducing King John

Alright, here we go, another history play. King John is one of Shakespeare’s outlier history plays. John was king about 169 years before Edward III. While the play takes some definite liberties with history, it is helpful to know some context before jumping into the plot. Unfortunately, to get a full understanding, we have to … Continue reading Introducing King John

Richard III Act 5

Scene 1 Buckingham is led to his death, but is not allowed to speak with Richard. He reflects on all those who have been killed before him. There are a lot: Hastings, the two Princes, Rivers, Grey, King Henry and his son, Vaughan... He doesn't even mention Clarence. He thinks they're probably laughing at him. … Continue reading Richard III Act 5

Richard III Act 4

Scene 1 All the important ladies of the play assemble before the Tower to go and meet the young Princes. Unfortunately, the guard denies them access by order of the King...uh, he means Richard...the Lord Protector...definitely not King...nope. Queen Elizabeth protest because they are her sons. The Duchess of York protests because she is their … Continue reading Richard III Act 4