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The Bard’s Henry IV and Henry V are set DURING the Wars of the Roses….?

Raphael Goldstein and cast

Here is a passage and note extracted from here:-

“By the time Shakespeare gets to the last of his history plays concerning the Wars of the Roses*, HENRY V, the party boy who would be king has become a man. . .”

“*Shakespeare wrote eight plays dealing with the Wars of the Roses during which time the crown passed back and forth between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III make up the second half of the story, but Shakespeare wrote this section first. He would later go back and write the first half of the story in Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and Henry V. . .”

I don’t know that I consider Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V to be about the Wars of the Roses as such. Surely the wars began with Henry VI? Henry IV and Henry V are concerned with the first portion of the 15th century, well before the conflict. It’s like saying that plays about Queen Victoria and Edward VII are set during World War II. But then, I’m probably nit-picking.


Richard still wants to play Richard….


Well, we knew before that Richard Armitage would like to play Richard III, and it seems he still does. I thought then that he wanted to play the real Richard, and to a point he still does, but it seems he’s prepared to take on the Shakespeare Richard as well. Shame!!!

Modern Tudor propaganda….?


Has a ‘Tudor’ job been done on Prince Charles before he even gets to the throne? Judging by what I’ve read of this play, it seems maybe so.

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