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The Raigne of King Edward the Third ➼ [Download] ➹ The Raigne of King Edward the Third By William Shakespeare ➹ – Edward III is a major addition to the Shakespearean canon, being included for the first time in an authoritative edition of Shakespeare's works Melchiori claims that Shakespeare is the author of a sig of King Kindle Ó Edward III is a major addition to the Shakespearean canon, being included for the first time in an authoritative edition of Shakespeare's works Melchiori claims that Shakespeare is the author of a significant part of the play, the extent of which is discussed in detail The introduction explores the play's historical background and its relationship to the early cycle of history plays The commentary examines in depth the play's linguistic and poetical features, while an extensive appendix on the use of sources explains the stages of its composition.

About the Author: William Shakespeare

of King Kindle Ó William Shakespeare baptised April was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre eminent dramatist He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr.

10 thoughts on “The Raigne of King Edward the Third

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    If this play is indeed Shakespeare--and it seems at least a part of it is--it wins the award for worst history play, beating King John by at least a length and a half. Like John, it is an episodic, shambling thing, but it has nothing half as good as the bastard Falconbridge to recommend it.

    Some of the verse, particularly in the Countess of Salisbury sequence, possesses a grace uncharacteristic of the play, and imagery which is felicitous if not memorable. In addition, there is a scene in which the Black Prince and the aged Lord Audley prepare to fight against daunting odds (IV.iv) that is very well constructed and deeply affecting.

    Other than that, the only remarkable thing about the play is that it seems in a very rough sense to have provided many of the elements of Henry V: a discussion of Salic law, stirring speeches before battle, French jokes about the beef-eating English, British ethnic rivalry (this time Scots, not Welsh), and a king who goes a-wooing. All this is executed much more sympathetically--and more artfully--in the later play, but, still, the essential elements are here.

  2. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Great action scenes despite the many anachronisms, Edward III is still rewarding. It is the first of the great War of the Roses cycle (before Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts 1-3, and the inimitable Richard III). The authorship of this one by the Bard has long been contested, but most modern critics allow that Shakespeare wrote at least several acts himself.

    Edward III takes power after his mother Isabella of France and her alleged lover Mortimer forced Edward II to step down. A succession controversy for the Frenc throne provokes the beginning of the One Hundred Years War when Edward III claims, rightly it would seem, the French throne. The French find a legendary Salic law that reserves the throne to male descendants which disqualifies Edward who was claiming the title through his mother Isabella. So, if you think Shakespeare is confusing, the real story that he is telescoping and abbreviating is far more complex!

    In Shakespeare's play, the action is non-stop with battles galore. Edward III was particularly lucky to have won successively the battles of Sluys, Crécy and Poitiers against the French and thereby established a massive foothold on the continent. As explained in Norwich's Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485, the Bard does not respect the timeline, but he does a fairly good job of capturing the momentum of events and draws memorable portraits of the various actors. I would also highly suggest the excellent A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century for more about this tumultuous period, but seen from a more French point of view.

    One of Shakespeare's greatest characterizations in this play is the godlike Edward, the Black Prince. He is Edward III's heir and an incredible warrior with a relatively realistic, but characteristically dark personality:

    Audley, the arms of death embrace us round,
    And comfort have we none, save that to die
    We pay sower earnest for a sweeter life.
    At Cressey field out Clouds of Warlike smoke
    Choked up those French mouths & dissevered them;
    But now their multitudes of millions hide,
    Masking as twere, the beauteous burning Sun,
    Leaving no hope to us, but sullen dark
    And eyeless terror of all ending night.
    Edward III - Act IV Scene IV

    In one of the most memorable scenes in the play, the Black Prince is about to succumb to overwhelming French numbers around him and Edward III is asked several times by his advisors to send reinforcements to help him. Edward III prefers to let the Black Prince fight his way out.

    Rescue, king Edward! rescue for thy son!

    Rescue, Artois? what, is he prisoner,
    Or by violence fell beside his horse?

    Neither, my Lord: but narrowly beset
    With turning Frenchmen, whom he did pursue,
    As tis impossible that he should scape,
    Except your highness presently descend.

    Tut, let him fight; we gave him arms to day,
    And he is laboring for a knighthood, man.

    [Enter Derby.]

    The Prince, my Lord, the Prince! oh, succour him!
    He's close incompast with a world of odds!

    Then will he win a world of honor too,
    If he by valour can redeem him thence;
    If not, what remedy? we have more sons
    Than one, to comfort our declining age.
    Edward III Act 3 Scene V

    The Black Prince, of course, prevails and captures King John II and in the closing scene, the English retake Calais (including the scene of the Burghers of Calais immortalized by Rodin centuries later) and seem to be poised for total domination setting the stage for the tragedy of Richard II.

    This play is a fantastic read, but it does help to do one's homework to understand the historical events behind the action. It is non-stop and a great start to the long cycle.

  3. Melora Melora says:

    Wow. In its own way this is worse than Titus Andronicus. Less gruesome, and, unlike Titus, the characters have plausible motivations, but this is so stunningly incoherent that it deserves some sort of special recognition. Oh, and an English king play where we are cheering for the French? Edward III, much like Titus, has enough sons that he regards them as utterly disposable -- never an attractive characteristic in a father.

  4. Paul Frandano Paul Frandano says:

    Better than you might expect, a virtual template, with the young Black Prince Edward, for Henry V, and wirh the inimitable, Immortal Bard unmistakably writing the entire second act and ostensibly touching up a lot else that had been written by...who? Best guess, Kit Marlowe. Others? George Steele? Thomas Dekker? Thomas Kyd? The New Cambridge Shakespeare edition sparkles with information on the history of the play, probably written in 1592-1594 time frame, its principal sources and how the authors used them, its liberal departures from the true history and participants, both English and French, in the campaign of 1346-1347, performance history, speculation on why Heminges and Condell might have left King Edward III out of the First Folio, play criticism, more. In short, a solid scholarly edition, nicely annotated, with an extensive bibliography (c. 1998). Probably for Bardolators only, but more enjoyable - for me, anyway - than The Two Noble Kinsmen.

    But the highest compliment I can pay this lovely volume is that it's as good an Arden Shakespeare in its clarity, annotations, commentary, and general completeness (although I do prefer the compact Ardens for the way they fit in my hand and line up on the shelf). Thst said, I've struck the Arden Edward III off my wish list. No need here for a redundant text: I'm no scholar, merely a recreational Bardolator.

  5. Phil Phil says:

    One of the Bard's apocrypha - the plays that didn't make the cut for the Folio, for whatever reason, and weren't captured in the early additions (as plays like Pericles and Two Noble Kinsmen were). Although now widely thought to be partly by Shakespeare, there's division of opinion about how much.

    I find Shakespeare authorship arguments hard to fathom sometimes, because when you get past the not-always-reliable text analysis, it usually boils down to if it's not great, let's say it's not by Shakespeare, which is like saying that because 'Ebony and Ivory' isn't as good as 'Back Seat of My Car', 'Maybe I'm Amazed' or 'Yesterday' it must have been written by somebody other than Paul McCartney.

    I'm reading the plays of Shakespeare in something approximating writing order and I can see absolutely nothing in this play that suggest that it wasn't written by the same hands that wrote the Henry VI trilogy, Titus Andronicus, Venus and Adonis or Taming of the Shrew.

    Probably written during the period when London theatres were closed for plague, Shakespeare had to survive by writing poetry but he also spend several years working up in the North West for Lord Derby - whose ancestor appears susiciously prominently in this text.

    Apart from Lord Derby's praises other things that point to Shakespeare writing it are the quotes that will later appear in the published sonnets - a long sequence comparing Lady Salisbury to a Summer's day is particular interesting and I absolutely don't accept that the writing in this play is substandard - the only weak spot are the opening two scenes where Edward 3 sets the scene about his battles on all fronts and the Scots looking ridiculous and cowardly on Lady Salisbury's castle doorstep, once Edward III arrives at the castle and falls head over heels for her, the poetry of love, seduction, war and chivalry matches the very best in the Henry VI plays and a lot of his later work too. I wondered sometimes if I was reading a different play from that which the critics are so sniffingly dismissive - and weaknesses could easily be explained by the fact that this play never went through the First Folio editing, refining process.

    One train of thought as to why this play wasn't included in the Folio (it was definitely known about at that time) is that it's so dismissive and insulting of the Scots and the kingdom now had a Scottish (and pretty dour, humourless and easily rancoured) King in James VI (or James I in English money). So in the same way Shakespeare might have mocked the Scots to please Elizabeth I, the editors left it out to please James I. It's not due to the Quarto being anonymous, because plenty of others included were also anonymous.

    Reading the play, it's a little dual-personalitied, the opening two acts deal with a love-struck king wanting to seduce Lady Salisbury (both being married) and when he doesn't manage to persuade her with his own words, gets her Dad to pimp her to him on his behalf - when she refuses him, he sees the error of his ways and rushes off to conquer France with his son, whom he leaves to his own devices to almost die in a battle against hard odds in order to teach him the life lesson that he won't always be rescued from scrapes, but then he wins so everything's alright.

    The theme of the play, however, is about oaths, promises and keeping one's word. This crops up right through - starting with the seduction, which makes perfect sense in this context: Edward want to break the marriage vows he'd made in front of God and Lady Salisbury refuses upon threat of her death. By not breaking the marriage vows he is able to go to France and win victory, because King John is an oath-breaker and thus divine judgement rules against him and the English win despite being outnumbered 10 to 1.

    So - in summation, don't take the critics' word at face value for this play; they mostly hate it, but I can tell you that it's actually rather good: especially Acts II and IV.

  6. Keith Taylor Keith Taylor says:

    The star system doesn't work with this book! Probably only partially Shakespeare, and even that is not very good Shakespeare. Do we put it beside Lear and say bad? That doesn't reflect the pleasure I took in reading it. Do we put it beside books that I felt more deeply engaged with, and say it doesn't measure up? That doesn't seem useful. Do we talk about the editing and say it's thorough, smart and witty? Well, maybe, because it is. But really I read it because I want to have read all of Shakespeare, and I didn't know that this play had been accepted into the canon. In fact, I'd never heard of it! The Complete Shakespeare in the Cambridge Edition that I used in 1970 - 72, the years I spent the most time with Shakespeare, has no mention of this.

    The scenes of the attempted infidelity seem particularly Shakespearean and are fun to read, even though they seem to come from way outside the play and don't lead in any particular direction (other than toward the theme of oaths kept and broken). The battles reported in lengthy iambic pentameter descriptions are not unique to Shakespeare; they reflect a convention of the time. But I loved them!

    So is it a great play? Probably not. I don't really have any interest in seeing it on stage -- unless someone came up with a very unexpected way of staging it. But I loved sitting down with it, reading the play and all the critical apparati that came with it. If anyone shares my nonprofessional's interest in Shakespeare, I feel pretty confident they will feel the same way.

  7. Ginger Stephens Ginger Stephens says:

    This is a most confusing play. It may help to see it live, but reading it, or listening to it, is difficult. It reminds me of King John, which I also found confusing with a muddled plot. Edward III is also hard to follow and it is difficult to keep the characters straight.

    I know that Shakespeare only wrote part of it, or rewrote the work of another playwright. I suspect that the speeches that Edward makes about the Countess of Salisbury were written by Shakespeare. They sound like some of the soliloquy’s from Romeo and Juliet. Like a Romeo and Juliet, those are the best parts.

    This was a very early work and Shakespeare got much better at his craft. We can always be thankful for that.

  8. Nullifidian Nullifidian says:

    This was an uneven play, probably due to its being a collaboration, but the best parts were on a level with Shakepeare's other history plays. The wooing of the Countess, the investiture of Prince Edward, Prince Edward's meditations on war, and the somewhat comic description of the English hurling stones in lieu of arrows at the French forces to deadly effect are very well done. The play also contains an equivocal prophecy that echoes Macbeth's famous line about Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane. Prince Edward is a dynamic character that prevents this from being merely a boring historical pageant about Edward III's martial successes. Though probably the weakest of the history plays — I think even the Henry VI trilogy is more exciting — it still seems playable and sufficiently interesting as a window into Early Modern theatre to deserve four stars. And the introductory material and appendixes in this edition (the New Cambridge Shakespeare) are well-worth reading for anyone interested in medieval England and Shakespeare's theatre.

  9. Shannon Shannon says:

    I found this one a bit all over in terms of the story, and felt like there were a few things that were set up, but never came back to (view spoiler)[ like Edward's interest in the Countess (hide spoiler)]

  10. Gordan Karlic Gordan Karlic says:

    Not much to say about this one.

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