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e-Book Henry VI, Part I: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) epub download

Author: Michael Taylor,William Shakespeare
ISBN: 0198183925
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 12, 2004)
Language: English
Category: World Literature
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e-Book Henry VI, Part I: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) epub download

by Michael Taylor,William Shakespeare

Oxford University Press first published a complete works of Shakespeare in 1891.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer of theĀ .

Series: Oxford World's Classics.

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PRINCE HENRY It doth me, though it discolours the complexion of. my greatness to acknowledge i. PRINCE HENRY Belike then my appetite was not princely got, for, in troth, I do now remember the poor creature, small beer

PRINCE HENRY It doth me, though it discolours the complexion of. my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth it not show vilely i. PRINCE HENRY Belike then my appetite was not princely got, for, in troth, I do now remember the poor creature, small beer. But indeed these humble considerations make me out of love.

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William Shakespeare, Gary Taylor. Henry V, the climax of Shakespeare's sequence of English history plays, is an inspiring, often comic celebration of a young warrior-king. But it is also a study of the costly exhilarations of war, and of the penalties as well as the glories of human greatness.

Oxford World's Classics. View All. Online Resources. Completes the Henry VI trilogy in The Oxford Shakespeare. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works.

Henry VI: Part One is a dramatic tale of the lives of soldiers, diplomats, kings, and insurrectionists. It depicts the fractious instability of the court and nobility of fifteenth-century England, and their squabbles with their French counterparts.Despite its debut performance in 1592, however, Henry VI: Part One does not appear in printed form until some thirty years later, in the 1623 folio. There are many questions, therefore, surrounding exactly how many people wrote the play, when they did so, how it was performed, who played what part, and the nature of the manuscript behind the first performance. In his wide-ranging introduction, Michael Taylor offers answers to these questions, and discusses other key issues such as language, structure, performance history, and the role of women in the play. Taylor edits the play for students, scholars, and theater-goers with an informative commentary on all aspects of the language, action, characters, and staging.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
This is a play about leadership, or rather the lack of it. Written early in William Shakespeare's career, the three parts of Henry VI chronicle the weak leadership of England under Henry VI and the civil war that resulted.

In "1 Henry VI," Henry is a mere boy but already king. England is at war with France over territorial rights, while the noblemen of the King's court are bitterly divided. Characters of principle, such as Talbot and Gloucester, are blissfully unaware of the poisonous politics that threaten the kingdom. Those aware of the threat, such as Plantagenet and Suffock, are without principle and supplying much of the poison. Caught in the middle, young King Henry has no support in his own court. Worse, he is without a father or mentor to train him in the art of effective leadership.

With the English court divided, the French regain many of their cities including Rouen, under the able military leadership of Joan of Arc (in Shakespeare's play, Joan is a harlot and witch, as the English viewed her at the time). Lord Talbot mounts a counterattack to retake Rouen but is trapped by superior forces while attempting to capture Bordeaux. Back in London, the quarreling Dukes are pushing the kingdom toward civil war (a.k.a. the Wars of the Roses). They fail to send reinforcement troops to France and as result the English are defeated at Bordeaux and Talbot is slain. In another battle, the English capture Joan of Arc and Margaret of Anjou. Joan is condemned to death at the stake while Margaret is groomed to marry Henry VI as part of settlement that ends the war with France. As the play ends, the Wars of the Roses is poised to begin.

1 Henry VI is a cautionary tale of how bad leadership can lead to a nation's undoing. To quote William Baldwin in "A Mirror for Magistrates" (1559), "The goodness or badness of any realm lieth in the goodness or badness of the rulers." For more, read Janis Lull's insightful introduction. The play itself makes for a highly entertaining read, involving "battles, castles, and marching armies; kings, queens, knights and esquires . . ." (to quote Irish dramatist Sean O'Casey).
Note that this review is of the Oxford World's Classics edition of Henry VI Part One. Amazon seems to have a hard time sorting out which editions of Shakespeare plays are equivalent to each other, so that this review also is referred to Henry VI Part Two and probably others, to which it does not belong.*

The First Part of Henry VI, while certainly not Shakespeare's masterwork, is still an interesting read both for its place in the earliest period of Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and for its own artistic merits. The play is written entirely in verse and contains many rhyming couplets, a characteristic of Shakespeare's other early work such as The Comedy of Errors; the language of the play is less mature than that of the later plays and the its tone much less subtle, lacking the keen characterization of which Shakespeare was to prove such a master (to read the Henry VI plays and then Hamlet in quick succession, as I did, is quite a jolting transition). Nevertheless, 1 Henry VI is a fun play, its sonorous pentametres rolling merrily from the tongue as the reader is swept from one melodramatic bloodbath to another.

So much for the merits of the play; now for the edition. The Oxford World Classics editions of Shakespeare are usually excellent, but not this one. The editor, Michael Taylor, is a poor writer who stuffs his introduction with meaningless critical jargon (as other editors of the series also do, but in their cases with less verbosity and to good effect). He is unable to maintain a professional tone either in his introduction or his textual notes, both of which are replete with gratuitous contractions and other colloquialisms that are totally out of place in a scholarly work of this nature. His comments on the text cannot always avoid being salient, but he seems to spend much space needlessly defining Elizabethan words or constructions that either he has already treated, or the glossing of which any reader who has spent even a short time with Shakespeare's language cannot but take as an insult to his intelligence. The text is what really matters, of course, and this edition at least has an adequate apparatus; but since, considering the scarcity of the Oxford editions, this is not likely to be the first version of 1 Henry VI that you come across if you are looking for a copy of the play, there is no reason to seek it out.

*This also means that I cannot write a separate review for the Oxford World's Classics edition of Part Two, which is a much better edition than this. Get your act together, Amazon!
As always, the Arkangel Shakespeare series is excellent. I read the play but the dramatization adds so much depth to written word. The only fault I have with the production is that there beginning and ending notifications on the CD to alert the CD is beginning and ending; that is, it is time to change the CD.
Very informative and useful
Very well edited!