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Author Chernaik, Warren L.

Title The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's history plays / Warren Chernaik.

Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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Physical description ix, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge introductions to literature.
Cambridge introductions to literature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-202) and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Uses of history 1 -- Renaissance ideas of history 1 -- Shakespeare's history plays 7 -- Genre and its conventions 11 -- Chapter 2 Wars of the critics 15 -- Hall, Holinshed, and Tillyard 15 -- Shakespearean ambivalence: liberals and sceptics 17 -- New Historicism and ideology 18 -- Chapter 3 Paper crown: 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI 25 -- Henry VI and the critics 23 -- Stage history, 1963-2006 25 -- 1 Henry VI: brave Talbot and his adversaries 28 -- 2 Henry VI: 'Thou art not king' 31 -- 3 Henry VI: Tiger's heart 37 -- Chapter 4 Determined to prove a villain: Richard III 45 -- Stage and screen 45 -- Shakespeare and More 49 -- Tyrant, seducer, and clown 51 -- Deformity 59 -- Nemesis 61 -- Chapter 5 Gain, be my lord: King John 70 -- Uncertainties of King John 70 -- Mad world, mad kings 73 -- Machiavels and victims 78 -- Bastard's progress 84 -- Chapter 6 Death of kings: Richard II 91 -- 'I am Richard II. Know ye not that?' 91 -- Rival monarchs 97 -- Wasteful king 100 -- Name of king 103 -- 'Down, down, I come like glistering Phaeton' 107 -- Lamentable tale of me 111 -- Chapter 7 Lord of Misrule: 1 and 2 Henry IV 117 -- Kings and clowns 117 -- 'When thou art king' 120 -- 'The immortal Falstaff' 125 -- 'This chair shall be my state' 129 -- Honour 135 -- Part 2: old age, disease, and death 139 -- Chapter 8 Band of brothers: Henry V 144 -- Reformed Prince 144 -- War and politics 148 -- Death of Bardolph: rewriting Henry V 153 -- Imaginary forces 160 -- Brotherhood and hierarchy 164 -- Chapter 9 Epilogue: Henry VIII 168 -- Pomp and glory 168 -- Farewell to greatness 170 -- Kings as gods 174.
Summary "Shakespeare's history plays, as fresh today as when they were written, have had a continuing life in stage and film productions. This study examines this tradition as well as giving an account of the critical debate on the plays. Warren Chernaik discusses each history play, and their distinctive characteristics, in turn: the three early Henry VI plays; the perennial stage favourite Richard III; King John; Richard II; Henry IV 1 and 2, famous for the character of Falstaff; Henry V; and Henry VIII."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Histories.
Historical drama, English -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- Great Britain.
Kings and rulers in literature.
Middle Ages in literature.
Great Britain -- History -- 1066-1687 -- Historiography.
ISBN 9780521855075 (hbk.)
0521855071 (hbk.)
9780521671200 (paperback)
0521671205 (paperback)