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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    There are lots of things about this play that please and impress me, but somehow I don t think it quite works The best things about it are two scenes probably by Fletcher the sympathetic portrait of Katharine of Aragon s self defense and the dignified soliloquy of the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey after his fall The next best thing is the artful, ironic context Shakespeare builds around them, first by creating a magnificent description of the wrestling match staged between Henry VIII and Francis There are lots of things about this play that please and impress me, but somehow I don t think it quite works The best things about it are two scenes probably by Fletcher the sympathetic portrait of Katharine of Aragon s self defense and the dignified soliloquy of the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey after his fall The next best thing is the artful, ironic context Shakespeare builds around them, first by creating a magnificent description of the wrestling match staged between Henry VIII and Francis I evoking a golden age in much the same way that Enobarbus barge speech does in Antony and Cleopatra and then following it almost immediately with the fall of the Duke of Buckingham, engineered on trumped up charges by the Machiavellian Wolsey Thus the authors let us know early on that the nobility here is superficial, barely concealing calculation and self interest I think the major reasons the play as a whole is unsatisfactory is that Henry VIII never really comes to life, either as a king or a man, and the ending which seems to imply that all s well that ends well because of the birth of Elizabeth leaves the major dramatic issues unresolved Still, the verse is often effective and occasionally powerful, and I think every Shakespeare fan should read it at least once


  2. James James says:

    Book Review3 of 5 stars to Henry VIII, a play written in 1613 by William Shakespeare This play originally had a different title and there is also some suspicion that it was co written with another person at the time It was towards the end of Shakespeare s career where while his brilliance had grown quite impressive, his fame and fortune was also being thrustandinto the spotlight to the point of being accused of some level of crimes against the government Similarly, theBook Review3 of 5 stars to Henry VIII, a play written in 1613 by William Shakespeare This play originally had a different title and there is also some suspicion that it was co written with another person at the time It was towards the end of Shakespeare s career where while his brilliance had grown quite impressive, his fame and fortune was also being thrustandinto the spotlight to the point of being accused of some level of crimes against the government Similarly, the battles between the different churches of England were in full swing When you read this play, you sense a bit of disconnect It s not a comedy or a tragedy in my opinion It s about reality, i.e what King Henry VIII had been previously going through with this divorces, six wives, etc The focus is on Katherine of Aragon and the church s position on Henry s request to re marry There are lots of good lines and passages in the play, but it isn t one of his better plays I m also not one for propaganda type literature, instead preferring something to take me away from realityAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by


  3. Brian Brian says:

    O, how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes favors There is a lot of telling about things in Henry VIII , almost no showing, with just a few exceptions The action happens offstage, we just get to hear about it in some exquisite language Writer and scholar Harold Bloom has said that Henry VIII is a better dramatic poem than a play and he may be right But whatever you call it, I enjoyed it.I gave Henry VIII a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as O, how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes favors There is a lot of telling about things in Henry VIII , almost no showing, with just a few exceptions The action happens offstage, we just get to hear about it in some exquisite language Writer and scholar Harold Bloom has said that Henry VIII is a better dramatic poem than a play and he may be right But whatever you call it, I enjoyed it.I gave Henry VIII a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole The Bard is in a class of his own.In this edition the Introduction by Jonathan Crewe focuses on defending the play as worthy of Shakespeare It is worth reading Ironically, in this text Henry VIII is the least interesting character in the play The text has some wonderful flashes, and three supporting characters get the play s best moments and language.The first such instant is Act 2 1, the downfall of Buckingham, who as he is condemned to death for treason speaks some beautiful poetry In Act 3 2 we get Cardinal Wolsey s downfall and once again Shakespeare imbues an undeserving character with a moment of redemption and wonderful pathos at the scene of their decline and fall.The lesson in this, Will Shakespeare can write one heck of an awesome farewell final moment.Act 2 4 and Act 3 1 are the Queen Katherine show I really loved what she says and does in these scenes Shakespeare has given her some of the greatest lines this text offers.And Henry VIII even boasts some ribald Shakespeare as there is a delightful scene Act 2 3 where Anne Boleyn and an old woman share a discussion filled with bawdy sexual innuendo, subtext, and just plain human truth that is an example of the reason I love Will Unfortunately, the last Act of this play is the weakest, by far The text ends on a whimper and that greatly detracts from it Hey, it happens I enjoyed what preceded it enough to make up for it.The Pelican editions of Shakespeare contain some simple yet informative essays, Theatrical World The Texts of Shakespeare that preface every play in this Pelican series They are worth a read.As for the Pelican Shakespeare series, they are one of my two favorite editions since the scholarly research is usually top notch and the editions themselves look good as an aesthetic unit It looks and feels like a play and this compliments the text s contents admirably The Pelican series was recently reedited and has the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his time period Well priced and well worth it


  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    I can t say that the writing is bad, per se,that the topic is unworthy except for being an obligatory propagandist piece to prop up the worthiness of the Anglican church versus the Catholics.I m sure no one is surprised on this count.There s rather less of the real drama that surrounded the King the man and all his travails or misogyny surrounding his six wives or the interesting women surrounding this historic character, rather it s just the focus on the single quasi divorce still under t I can t say that the writing is bad, per se,that the topic is unworthy except for being an obligatory propagandist piece to prop up the worthiness of the Anglican church versus the Catholics.I m sure no one is surprised on this count.There s rather less of the real drama that surrounded the King the man and all his travails or misogyny surrounding his six wives or the interesting women surrounding this historic character, rather it s just the focus on the single quasi divorce still under the Catholic eye and the fall of the Cardinal and the succession of our dear Elisabeth by her on stage birth under the Anglican eye.Does it read as a set piece A vanity play A yawn worthy white wash of the man the Queen s father Um, yeah, yeah, it does sigh And here I d hoped for a bitdramain line with the actual history Alas Not my favorite By a long shot


  5. Anand Anand says:

    Henry VIII, the first of two surviving collaborative plays written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher the third, Cardenio, is lost to us , is an ironic celebration and a historically complicated pageant It suggests a progressive view of history that moves to a glorious end, and yet that dynamic is undercut by a cyclical rise and fall pattern of human history Buckingham and Wolsey and Katherine fall, while Anne and More and Cranmer rise Yet, as we know from history, Anne, More, and Cranmer, wou Henry VIII, the first of two surviving collaborative plays written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher the third, Cardenio, is lost to us , is an ironic celebration and a historically complicated pageant It suggests a progressive view of history that moves to a glorious end, and yet that dynamic is undercut by a cyclical rise and fall pattern of human history Buckingham and Wolsey and Katherine fall, while Anne and More and Cranmer rise Yet, as we know from history, Anne, More, and Cranmer, would fall after the end of the play the first two by the hand of Henry VIII, and the last by the hand of his daughter Mary, Queen of Scots Mary herself would fall by the hand of Queen Elizabeth I, whom this play celebrates in a retrospective prophecy Though such irony does not inherently make a play better than simplicity, knowing, as Shakespeare and Fletcher and their audience would have known, of the fates of the characters in history does enrich my reception of Henry VIII Though I am inclined to think that a Henry VIII written completely by Shakespeare would have be greater, I am pleased to say that the play as it is has a unity to it, such that I can treat it as a Shakespeare play , and that it functions as a kind of historical romance play that prefigures and foreshadows the romance of Queen Elizabeth I and her golden age It resembles Henry V in showing a kind of happy ending that is undercut in happiness by the future ironies and sad events, and it recalls Richard III in its Tudor ending It also resembles The Tempest in its display of poetry and pageantry, while it resembles Antony and Cleopatra in its mixture of poetic and linguistic extravagance with a kind of ambiguity about the movement of history and power William Hazlitt is right to find the play of considerable interest of amild and thoughtful cast, and with some of the most striking passages in the author s works, while Harold Bloom, a descendant of the Hazlitt school of Shakespeare criticism, admired it as a better dramatic poem than a play and said the play deservesaesthetic esteem than it has been accorded as it has a new and original style, one that transcends the stage images who chant it As I read it, I could not help but admire the beauty of the poetry, the complexity of Shakespeare s late language, Shakespeare s and Fletcher s bestowing of grand speech on their characters, and the pageantry of this play.The prologue is noteworthy for what it sets up for the play s audience I come noto make you laugh could be a signal that Shakespeare has ended his funny plays for good, though there will be humor at moments A weighty and a serious brow, Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe signals what I imagine the gestures of many of its anxious historical characters such as Henry VIII, Wolsey, and Cranmer to be, while pity and truth highlight major themes and concerns All is True, the play s other title, is suggestive of a kind of ambiguity around truth and honesty For example, Katherine is true in her fidelity to a husband and king that rejects her for matters of state and for personal reasons, while Henry VIII is true to the State and to his desires in his choice of Anne Boelyn In addition, the side that stands for a kind of Catholicism has its truth, perhaps best represented by a fallen and mostly repentant Wolsey the main villain of the piece for some time , while the Protestantism is also true All is True highlight for us the play s thematic and verbal interest in truth and honesty, which the other title of Henry VIII might not immediately bring to mind.The opening of the play sets up the grandeur of language and spectacle and the concerns of honesty and honor that set up See Norfolk s speech Men might sayTill this time pomp was single, but now marriedTo one above itself Each following dayBecame the next day s master, till the lastMade former wonders its Today the French,All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods,Shone down the English, and tomorrow theyMade Britain India every man that stoodShowed like a mine Their dwarfish pages wereAs cherubins, all gilt The madams too,Not used to toil, did almost sweat to bearThe pride upon them, that their very laborWas to them as a painting Now this masqueWas cried incomparable and th ensuing nightMade it a fool and beggar.Just as Norfolk describes a pageant, so his verse becomes a kind of verbal pageant of imagery, equivalent to Enobarbus grand barge speech in Antony and Cleopatra Pomp is married, and becomesThe days master one another French and English are grand together Pages and madams are gilded and painted Shakespeare s multiplication of imagery, so common in the energy of his dramatic verse, gains a kind of stately flow In addition, that poetic power is evoked in the introduction of honesty into the play s scheme As I belong to worship, and affectIn honor honesty, the tract of everythingWould by a good discourser lose some lifeWhich action s self was tongue to All was royal To the disposing of it naught rebelled.Order gave each thing view The office didDistinctly his full function.The general sense goes something like this As I am an aristocrat and honorably love truth, the event would even by a good speaker lose some of the life which the action itself spoke of All of it was so splendid, and it was so orderly Yet attending to the lines closely, something happens Honor and honesty, linked together, bring to the forefront and together what will be depicted, challenged, debunked in some and vindicated in others Wolsey will be shown to have had neither true honor nor honesty, while Katherine and Cranmer are opposites who ultimately are shown to have honor and honesty in them The case of Henry VIII himself, as I will explain further, shows much ambiguity How much honour does Henry have in divorcing his wife and in affecting another woman How much honesty does he show in the way he deals with his conscience and scruples The play is ambiguous about Henry VIII s own character, and that ambiguity depends on the audience s awareness of history as it does on the playwrights creativity In addition, all was royal and orderly signals something of the orderliness that appears in this work in my mind and imagination as I read it I should add also that honesty and truth, like brave in The Tempest, honest in Othello, and nothing in King Lear, functions as a repeated motif that causes us to reflect on what is true about history, what is true about religion, and what is true about the human face of political action and ambition That repetition becomes part of the beauty, I feel, of Shakespeare s and Fletcher s language How do we approach the King as Shakespeare and Fletcher depict him Henry VIII s later career as a wife killer calls into doubt the way he appears in the play Yet does it necessarily detract from the not unsympathetic portrait of the play Not necessarily, if one keeps in mind the attitude of a providential viewpoint that views all of this as part of the drama that leads to the splendor of Elizabeth I and her successor King James I Henry is depicted, so it seems, as a loving husband who divorces his wife as much for reasons of state and conscience as for an interest in a new wife Henry is also depicted as the vindicator of the righteous Cranmer and the punisher of the venial and ambitious Wolsey These things make him somewhat sympathetic, and at times he resembles Shakespeare s Henry IV, another problematic figure not unsympathetically portrayed Some readers might think that this portrait is not negative enough on him.But William Hazlitt, interestingly, thought that Shakespeare does depict the negative in the play The character of Henry VIII is drawn with great truth and spirit It is like a very disagreeable portrait, sketched by the hand of a master His gross appearance, his blustering demeanour, his vulgarity, his arrogance, his sensuality, his cruelty, his hypocrisy, his want of common decency and common humanity, are marked in strong lines His traditional peculiarities of expression complete the reality of the picture Though one might find the playsympathetic than Hazlitt saw it, it is noteworthy how the play also sets up and qualifies Henry s stings of conscience Henry s meeting of Anne, which resembles the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in their play, is both economic and full of portentous and weighty and sad meaning In addition, noble commentary undercuts Henry s scruple and prick of conscience CHAMBERLAIN It seems the marriage with his brother s wifeHas crept too near his conscience.SUFFOLKNo, his conscienceHas crept too near another lady.The viewer sometimes cannot help but feel that such was indeed the case, and in many ways this is how I tended to have understood Henry VIII s situation But I am also inclined to believe that Henry s decisions were as motivated by genuine religious and political reasons as they were by amorous inclinations, and Shakespeare and Fletcher brilliantly register some of this complexity as they show his taking back of a power that he once did not fully exercise The play also treats with ambiguity the fates of the fallen ones in the play The falls of Buckingham, Wolsey, and Katherine are necessary so as to make way for Elizabeth I and her age But Shakespeare and Fletcher depict their ends with sympathy and poetry Buckingham gives his great speech, sharing with his father the fate of political execution while dyingnobly than him Wolsey, hitherto scheming and ambitious, is made to reflect on the state of man in lines of beautiful poetry Katherine is vouchsafed a vision worthy of The Tempest Thus, through their falls, Shakespeare and Fletcher can have their cake of Tudor celebration and eat with it the whipped cream of sympathy for the fallen.In addition to the glory of the play s pageantry, I was also struck by how effective Henry VIII could work as a drama and how it vividly evoked the Shakespeare plays that led up to this point As I alluded to earlier, the scene where Henry and Anne first meet is brilliant The Blackfriars trial resembles The Winter s Tale while giving Katherine and Wolsey a kind of eloquent back and forth, with King Henry VIII to reflect on his conscience The final conversation of Wolsey and Henry VIII, followed by his great speech, resembles the Southampton scene in Henry V while also being full of irony The palace yard scene in Act 5 resembles the side view of a reunion in The Winter s Tale while also signalling the popularity of Elizabeth s coronation, which alludes to her later popularity as the great queen of England The speech by Wolsey deserves quotation for its beauty, grandeur, and closure WOLSEY Farewell A long farewell to all my greatness This is the state of man today he puts forthThe tender leaves of hopes tomorrow blossomsAnd bears his blushing honors thick upon him The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,And when he thinks, good easy man, full surelyHis greatness is a ripening, nips his root,And then he falls, as I do I have ventured,Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,This many summers in a sea of glory,But far beyond my depth My high blown prideAt length broke under me and now has left me,Weary and old with service, to the mercyOf a rude stream that must forever hide me.Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate you.I feel my heart new opened O, how wretchedIs that poor man that hangs on princes favors There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,More pangs and fears than wars or women have And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,Never to hope again.Much has been written on this, so I cannot hope to reflect further, except that it has a rich flow, and signals a kind of transformation And yet the poetry is grander than the man It is ironic in that this speech is followed by a conversation between the fallen Wolsey and the rising Cromwell who is later to fall And yet this granting of a great speech to a small man shows the imaginative sympathy and generosity of Shakespeare and Fletcher in their depiction of character and history The final scene has that grand prophecy which I will quote in full to close with CRANMER Let me speak, sir,For heaven now bids me and the words I utterLet none think flattery, for they ll find em truth.This royal infant heaven still move about her Though in her cradle, yet now promisesUpon this land a thousand thousand blessings,Which time shall bring to ripeness She shall be But few now living can behold that goodness A pattern to all princes living with herAnd all that shall succeed Saba was neverMore covetous of wisdom and fair virtueThan this pure soul shall be All princely gracesThat mold up such a mighty piece as this is,With all the virtues that attend the good,Shall still be doubled on her Truth shall nurse her Holy and heavenly thoughts still counsel her.She shall be loved and feared Her own shall bless her Her foes shake like a field of beaten cornAnd hang their heads with sorrow Good grows withher.In her days every man shall eat in safetyUnder his own vine what he plants and singThe merry songs of peace to all his neighbors.God shall be truly known, and those about herFrom her shall read the perfect ways of honorAnd by those claim their greatness, not by blood.Nor shall this peace sleep with her but, as whenThe bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix,Her ashes new create another heirAs great in admiration as herself,So shall she leave her blessedness to one,When heaven shall call her from this cloud of darkness,Who from the sacred ashes of her honorShall starlike rise as great in fame as she wasAnd so stand fixed Peace, plenty, love, truth, terror,That were the servants to this chosen infant,Shall then be his, and like a vine grow to him.Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall shine,His honor and the greatness of his nameShall be, and make new nations He shall flourish,And like a mountain cedar reach his branchesTo all the plains about him Our children s childrenShall see this and bless heaven.KING Thou speakest wonders.CRANMER She shall be to the happiness of EnglandAn ag d princess many days shall see her,And yet no day without a deed to crown it.Would I had known noBut she must die,She must, the saints must have her yet a virgin,A most unspotted lily, shall she passTo th ground, and all the world shall mourn her.As with so much of the play, this grand prophecy is fraught with irony.And yet one cannot help but feel that this speech and prophecy is good, true, beautiful, and eloquent So one must, with reservations, accept this, and the rest of the play As do I


  6. Bettie Bettie says:

    A rare chance to hear Shakespeare s last play, starring Matthew Marsh and Patrick Malahide Originally recorded to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII.In 1509, the 17 year old Henry acceded to the throne of England Shakespeare s play, co authored with John Fletcher, opens with the arrest for treason of the Duke of Buckingham 12 years later, and tells the story of Henry s struggle to divorce Katherine of Aragon, and the c A rare chance to hear Shakespeare s last play, starring Matthew Marsh and Patrick Malahide Originally recorded to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIII.In 1509, the 17 year old Henry acceded to the throne of England Shakespeare s play, co authored with John Fletcher, opens with the arrest for treason of the Duke of Buckingham 12 years later, and tells the story of Henry s struggle to divorce Katherine of Aragon, and the catastrophic fall of the all powerful Cardinal Wolsey Henry VIII Matthew MarshQueen Katherine Yolanda VazquezCardinal Wolsey Patrick MalahideDuke of Norfolk Joseph MydellThomas Cranmer Adam GodleyDuke of Suffolk Stuart McQuarrieOld Lady Ann BeachAnne Boleyn Donnla HughesBuckingham Cromwell Paul RiderChamberlain Capuchius Chris PavloAbergavenny Surrey Stephen CritchlowSurveyor Gardiner Gunnar CautherySands Campeius Jonathan TaflerLovell Griffith Dan StarkeyPrincess Elizabeth Sonny CroweOther parts played by Jill Cardo, Robert Lonsdale, Manjeet Mann, Inam Mirza, Malcolm Tierney.Pipe and Tabor played by Bill TuckEaxtra info Known sometimes by the title All is True , Shakespeare and Fletcher s rarely performed play is a masterful analysis of the murky world of Tudor politics A world where nothing can be taken on face value Wolsey Patrick Malahide has control of the key offices of state as both Chancellor and Cardinal of York Henry Matthew Marsh appears to be oblivious to criticism levelled at Wolsey by some of his senior courtiers, and the play opens with the trial and execution of one of Wolsey s most outspoken critics, the Duke of Buckingham The trial of Katherine of Aragon Yolanda Vazquez , motivated by Henry s scruple that his marriage to his late brother s wife was unlawful, is one of the most poignant scenes in Shakespeare Henry is seen to be moved by Katherine s plight, and protests that she is the best of women Following the divorce, Cardinal Wolsey is the author of his own undoing when he unwittingly reveals to Henry the true extent of his own profit from his position, and that he has been plotting with the Pope to undermine Henry s bid to marry Anne Boleyn The play finishes with the rise of reformer Thomas Cranmer, and ends with the christening of the young Elizabeth.I once browsed this as I have all the plays, sonnets etc in a volume, and found this to be sorely lacking on the page However, this particular rendition by the BBC was thoroughly enjoyable and can recommend Sunday night s production, available for another 28 days via the link at the top of my review.Mantel s two books must be considered the defining literature on the times IMHO


  7. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Men s evil manners live in brass their virtues we write in waterShakespeare Fletcher, Henry VIII What do you get when you co write a play and the other guy phones it in What do you do when the other guy is William Shakespeare and his phoned in stuff is still better than most writing you ve seen or your own writing I guess you just do what you do, write your scenes, work hard, and shut up Here are my three main knocks against this play 1 Phoned in by the Bard see also Cymbeline.2Men s evil manners live in brass their virtues we write in waterShakespeare Fletcher, Henry VIII What do you get when you co write a play and the other guy phones it in What do you do when the other guy is William Shakespeare and his phoned in stuff is still better than most writing you ve seen or your own writing I guess you just do what you do, write your scenes, work hard, and shut up Here are my three main knocks against this play 1 Phoned in by the Bard see also Cymbeline.2 Co written by John Fletcher see also The Two Noble Kinsmen 3 Quasi propaganda crap for the Tudors see also Too soon, Too soon.For those interested, according to Erdman and Fogel in Evidence for Authorship Essays on Problems of Attribution, the breakdown of authorship for this play is the following Shakespeare Act I, scenes i and ii II,iii and iv III,ii, lines 1 203 to exit of King V,i.Fletcher Prologue I,iii II,i and ii III,i, and ii, 203 458 after exit of King IV,i and ii V ii v Epilogue.Anyway, the play is so bad it basically destroyed the Globe Theatre I kid, I kid Favorite LinesHeat not a furnace for your foe so hotThat it do singe yourselfAct 1, Scene 1I have touched the highest point of all my greatness And from that full meridian of my gloryI haste now to my setting I shall fallLike a bright exhalation in the evening,And no man see me Act 3, Scene 2Press not a falling man too farAct 3, Scene 2We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh few are angelsAct 5, Scene 2 Technically, it was a canon shot during the play that caught the thatched roof on fire, but give me a bit of poetic license here


  8. Inkspill Inkspill says:

    The core of the play is an allegory as England switches from Catholicism to Protestant, Cranmer is on trial accused of practicing the Protestant religion, he s found guilty by a court who follows Catholicism, but not for long, Henry VIII steps in and overrules the verdict, makes Cranmer a godfather to his newly born, later to be Queen Elizabeth I, and tells them all to be friends They do, all is forgiven and it ends on happy note praising Elizabeth at her christening Whilst all this happening, The core of the play is an allegory as England switches from Catholicism to Protestant, Cranmer is on trial accused of practicing the Protestant religion, he s found guilty by a court who follows Catholicism, but not for long, Henry VIII steps in and overrules the verdict, makes Cranmer a godfather to his newly born, later to be Queen Elizabeth I, and tells them all to be friends They do, all is forgiven and it ends on happy note praising Elizabeth at her christening Whilst all this happening, Shakespeare compacts historical that span decade, starting with Wolsey s falls, Henry VIII divorcing Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn, and England s religion going through a major overhaul and ending on a happy Henry VIII to have a new daughter.I found reading this enjoyable and helpful alongside Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall, and it was a bonus I understood it without too much difficulty, probablydown to having a vague sense of Tudor history Though the notes did come in handy, like on page 213, where the line says My noble gossips , where I would not have realised gossip means godparents I would have never guessed that This play is not factually accurate, but the essay in this edition explains why It also explains how many critics thought Shakespeare wrote to be performed as part of the wedding celebrations of Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of James I, who succeeded the English throne after Elizabeth I In the text I am told through his reign people remembered Elizabeth I fondly This addition also come with illustrations and photos, and in detail talks about performances of this play over the centuries on both sides of the Atlantic, naming casts and summarising critical reception Overall, whenever this play was performed it was well received, but the essays go on to say it is rarely performed now I read this as a kindle, but the formatting is a complete mess making it impossible to follow and hope OUP issue an update with corrections, soon would be good so I had to get a paperback copy to follow it, and after a while I got the hang of it Regardless, the notes are very detailed, perfect if you are bookish like me I could have also enjoyed reading a version without any notes and extras, which surprises me, the poetry, the drama all came to together for me, and I would definitely read this again


  9. Terence Terence says:

    Make no mistake, Henry VIII is not a bad play It rates 2 stars only because it doesn t hold up against the 3 and 4 star ratings I ve given other Shakespeare plays here on my shelves.The biggest problem Henry VIII has is a lack of focus and or a central character.In terms of focus, we go from Katherine s divorce to Wolsey s downfall to Cranmer s rise to Elizabeth s baptism All in five acts There s too much here to adequately develop in the scope of a single play even in the hands of a mast Make no mistake, Henry VIII is not a bad play It rates 2 stars only because it doesn t hold up against the 3 and 4 star ratings I ve given other Shakespeare plays here on my shelves.The biggest problem Henry VIII has is a lack of focus and or a central character.In terms of focus, we go from Katherine s divorce to Wolsey s downfall to Cranmer s rise to Elizabeth s baptism All in five acts There s too much here to adequately develop in the scope of a single play even in the hands of a master like the Bard.In terms of characters, there a several good potentials here, Katherine and Wolsey standing out above all others Both get some good scenes and some good monologues like their confrontation in Act 3, scene 1 Katherine protests that she is a mere woman and Wolsey pretends to be her friend with only her best interests at heart Wolsey Noble lady, I am sorry my integrity should breed, and service to his majesty and you, so deep suspicion, where all faith was meant We come not by the way of accusation, to taint that honour every good tongue blesses, nor to betray you any way to sorrow you have too much, good lady but to know how you stand minded in the weighty difference between the king and you, and to deliver, like free and honest men, our just opinions and comforts to your cause.Katherine aside To betray me My lords, I thank you both for your good wills ye speak like honest men pray God, ye prove so But how to make ye suddenly an answer, in such a point of weight, so near mine honour,near my life, I fear, with my weak wit, and to such men of gravity and learning, in truth, I know not Alas, I am a woman, friendless, hopelessAnd there s Wolsey s leave taking of Cromwell in scene 2 of that act.The overall effect of the play, though, is diluted and weak even if there are good parts to be found


  10. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    This play marks the end of my voyage through the dramas of William Shakespeare It has taken me years, and even so I am still missing a couple of the lesser known works, such as the Merry Wives of Windsor and all three parts of Henry VI which I am sure I will get to eventually Shakespeare completed this work in 1613, three years before his death, while he was in the process of removing himself from the London theater scene He seems even to have been delegating the task of writing to his succ This play marks the end of my voyage through the dramas of William Shakespeare It has taken me years, and even so I am still missing a couple of the lesser known works, such as the Merry Wives of Windsor and all three parts of Henry VI which I am sure I will get to eventually Shakespeare completed this work in 1613, three years before his death, while he was in the process of removing himself from the London theater scene He seems even to have been delegating the task of writing to his successor, John Fletcher, making these last plays rather uneven collaborations.For the most part this play is based on pageantry Known for having the most stage directions of any Shakespearean drama, there are many scenes that consists of an elaborate procession of exalted personages The characterization is strikingly uneven Catherine emerges as the most compelling and dramatic figure, though even she did not come fully alive for me Cardinal Wolsey, the play s villain, has nothing of the Iago s cunning, and for the most part has not much of a personality at all that is, until he is undone, at which point he becomes suddenly noble and eloquent, speaking beautiful lines out of keeping both with his character and his situation The king has no consistent character whatsoever, being now lustful, now irate, not gullible, now generous.If any theme emerges as dominant in this work, it is that of being on the way down of losing one s worldly position This is when Catherine and Wolsey have their most convincing moments Can we infer something about Shakespeare himself from this theme It is tempting, especially considering that he was in the process of extricating himself from his London theater career In any case, the result is an uneven play with an unsatisfying ending a long prophecy about the coming greatness of Queen Elizabeth One naturally wishes that Shakespeare s career ended withof a bang


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Henry VIII ➬ [Ebook] ➧ Henry VIII By William Shakespeare ➸ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Henry VIII is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of Henry VIII of England An alternative title, All is True, is re Henry VIII is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of Henry VIII of England An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play s publication in the First Folio ofStylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor, John Fletcher It is also somewhat characteristic of the late romances in its structure It is noted for having stage directions than any of Shakespeare s other playsDuring a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in , a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre s thatched roof and the beams , burning the original building to the ground.