First Part of King Henry the Fourth Texts and Contexts

ISBN-10: 0312134029

ISBN-13: 9780312134020

Edition: 1997

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Description: This teaching edition of Shakespeare’sThe First Part of King Henry the Fourthresponds to the needs of instructors using a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical and cultural studies approaches. The play is accompanied by 6 sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, excerpts from the chronicle accounts of English history, conduct book literature, military manuals, descriptions of the early modern theater and other entertainments, and literary works presenting alternative versions of Shakespeare’s play. The documents and illustrations contextualize the play’s treatment of history, civic order and rebellion, authority, the idea of honor, the feminine, the education of a prince, and revelry at the margins of culture. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 419
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Introduction
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, (Edited by David Bevington)
Early Modern Documents and Controversies
Historiography and the Uses of History
From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustrious Families of Lancaster and York
From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
From The First Four Books of the Civil Wars Between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (Book III)
Civic Order and Rebellion
From An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion (Third Part)
From A Short Treatise of Politic Power
Cultural Territories
Mapping the Land and Its People
London
Theatre in London: Sites and Controversies
Alehouse and Tavern
Women in Henry IV, Part I: Wives, Rebels, and Others
Wales
From The Description of England (Of Degrees of People in the Commonwealth of England)
From The Description of England (Of Their Apparel and Attire)
From A Survey of London (Candlewick Street Ward)
From A Survey of London (Borough of Southwark and Bridge Ward Without)
Lord Mayor of London, Letter to John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury
From The School of Abuse
From An Apology for Actors (Of Actors, and the True Use of Their Quality)
From Of Lantern and Candlelight (Of Canting)
From A Godly Form of Household Government
From The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women (Chapter III)
From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (On Welsh Women)
From Act III, Scene I of Henry IV, Part I: Prompt Copy Excerpts of Welsh Passages
The "Education" of a Prince
From The Schoolmaster
From The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth
From The Prince
From The Brut, or The Chronicles of England
From The History of Great Britain
Honor and Arms: Elizabethan Neochivalric Culture and the Military Trades
The Chivalric Heritage
Elizabethan Rites and Chivalric Rights
War
Manuals of Honor: The Ideal and the Practice
From Honor Military and Civil
From The Right Practice, Proceedings, and Laws of Arms
From A Pathway to Military Practice
From The Paradoxes of Defense
The Oldcastle Controversy: "What's in a Name?"
From Acts and Monuments (The Martyrdom of Sir John Oldcastle)
From The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Sir John Oldcastle)
From The True and Honorable History of The Life of Sir John Oldcastle
Bibliography
Index
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