The histories and poems of Shakespeare

Paperback | January 5, 2012

byWilliam Shakespeare

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE FAMOUS HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF KING HENRY THE EIGHTH INTRODUCTION The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth was first printed--and with comparative accuracy of text--in the folio, 1623. The Prologue, probably written by the dramatist, John Fletcher, prepares the spectators for a play of sad and serious import, concerned mainly with the fall of persons of high estate; if any have paid their shilling to witness a splendid show, they will not be disappointed; but 'fool and fight' and unbecoming mirth must not be expected; the history aims at 'truth' (l. 9), 'chosen truth' (l. 18); and a third time (l. 21) the plea on behalf of the play as 'true' is reiterated. We might well believe that as Twelfth Night had a second title, What you Will, so Henry VIII had originally added to its historical name the sub-title, All is True. 'Now, to let matters of State sleep,' wrote Sir Henry Wotton to his nephew on July 2, 1613, 'I will entertain you at the present with what hath happened this Week at the Banks side. The Kings Players had a new Play, called All is True, representing some principal pieces of the reign of Henry the 8lh, which was set forth with many extraordinary circumstances of Pomp and Majesty, even to the matting of the Stage; the Knights of the Order, with their Georges and Garter, the Guards with their embroidered Coats, and the like; sufficient in truth within a while to make Greatness very familiar, if not ridiculous. Now, King Henry making a Masque at the Cardinal Wolsey'a House, and certain cannons being shot off at his entry, some of the Paper, or other stuff, wherewith one of them was stopped, did light on the Thatch, where being thought at first but an idle smoak, and their eyes more attentive to the show, it kindled inwardly, a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE FAMOUS HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF KING HENRY THE EIGHTH INTRODUCTION The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:468 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.94 inPublished:January 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217625568

ISBN - 13:9780217625562

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