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

Henry VI Part 3 Act V

Thus brings us to the end of Henry... Scene 1 Warwick confirms with a messenger that his allies, Oxford, Montague, and Somerset are close. His son, Somerville, enters and explains that Clarence is only two hours away. Warwick rejoices that he can hear the drums. The only problem is the drums do not come from … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act V

Henry VI Part 3 Act IV

The fallout... Scene 1 Richard, George (Clarence), Somerset, and Montague discuss Edward's choice for a bride. Clarence thinks it is a mistake that Edward did not honor his commitment to the French. He decides to tell Edward exactly what he thinks. The King enters with Lady Grey, Lord Hastings, Pembroke, and Stafford. Edward asks for … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act IV

Henry VI Part 3 Act III

The battle is one and Edward sits on the throne, and yet it is only Act III... What events will unfold that further complicate this endless War? Scene 1 Two hunters prepare to stalk a herd of deer when they see a man coming. This man is the deposed King Henry. He talks to himself … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act III

Henry VI Part 3 Act II

I'm sure brutally killing Richard of York will have no represcussions for King Henry or the Queen... Scene 1 Edward and Richard are wondering how their father fared in the battle, assuring themselves that he is alive because of how proudly and bravely York walked toward Clifford (they pretty clearly did not see the rest … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act II

Henry VI Part 3: Act 1

Moving is hard and time consuming...how has it been five months since my last post! Anyway, let's see what shenanigans Henry VI gets himself into this time. Then, I can put these plays behind me - for a while at least. Scene 1 The scene opens with York, his allies - Norfolk, Montague, and Warwick, … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3: Act 1

Setting Up The War of the Roses

This is a super simplified, super brief overview of the family dynamics that lead to the War of the Roses, which are covered in the Henry VI plays. Edward III's descendants Edward III had several children, but only four sons are of critical importance. The oldest is Edward, the Black Prince. He died before his … Continue reading Setting Up The War of the Roses

Henry VI Part 1: Act II, scenes 4-5

Next we see a creative - and somewhat on the nose - portrayal of the start of the War of the Roses, a bloody fight for the throne that would last for decades. I will post about the complex family relationships that fueled the War in a blog tomorrow, but for now we will see … Continue reading Henry VI Part 1: Act II, scenes 4-5