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Published by Penguin in Harmondsworth .
Written in English



  • Great Britain


  • Richard II, King of England, 1367-1400 -- Drama,
  • Great Britain -- History -- Richard II, 1377-1399 -- Drama

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 47-49.

Statementedited by Stanley Wells.
SeriesNew Penguin Shakespeare
ContributionsWells, Stanley W., 1930-
LC ClassificationsPR2820.A2 W4 1969
The Physical Object
Pagination285 p.
Number of Pages285
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5497231M
LC Control Number73331232

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Richard II, written around , is the first play in Shakespeare's second "history tetralogy," a series of four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. (Its sequel plays are Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V.) Richard II, set around the year , traces the fall from power of the last king of the house of Plantagenet, Richard II, and his replacement. Richard II by William Shakespeare is the first of eight plays that portray a historically-informed version of the War of the Roses - beginning in about and ending with Richard III's death in Edited by J. M. Smallheer and John Gonzalez. (Summary by Cori) Characters: Narration, Keeper, and Lord - read by Annie Coleman King Richard II and First Servant - read by Peter Yearsley. OCLC Number: Description: pages: illustrations, portrait ; 17 cm. Series Title: The Laurel Shakespeare, LB Other Titles: King Richard II. Genre/Form: Drama: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Shakespeare, William, King Richard the Second. London: Produced by C. Praetorius,

  Richard the Lionheart was the son of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and the second king in the Plantagenet line. Richard was far more interested in his holdings in France and in his Crusading endeavors than he was in governing England, where he spent about six months of his ten-year : Melissa Snell. Richard II is a play by William Shakespeare that was first performed in Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and Analysis. See a complete list of the characters in Richard II. Continue your study of Richard II with these useful links. Get ready to write your essay on Richard II. Richard II is one of the most enigmatic of English kings. Shakespeare depicted him as a tragic figure, an irresponsible, cruel monarch who nevertheless rose in stature as the substance of power slipped from him. By later writers he has been variously portrayed as a half-crazed autocrat or a conventional ruler whose principal errors were the mismanagement of his nobility and disregard for the. Richard I (8 September – 6 April ) was King of England from until his death. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, and was overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine and seemed unlikely to Battles/wars: Third Crusade.

There are ten history plays: Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Henry VI, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Richard II, Richard III, King John, and Henry VIII. He received most of his information and plot ideas from one book, Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The central theme of the history plays is the gain and loss of power, and /5(). Thus, Richard II became the second English king to be deposed by Parliament/the Nobility in just 72 years. Later, in , during in the reign of Henry VI, who was the grandson of Henry IV, a civil war would develop within the nobility of England which was called the War of the Roses.4/4(16).   Synopsis. Born in England on October 2, , Richard III served as king of England for only two years, but his reign was one of the most historic and turbulent. King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled ) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1 /5.