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King Henry VIII

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ISBN-10: 1903436257

ISBN-13: 9781903436257

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: William Shakespeare, Gordon McMullan

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King Henry VIII has one of the fullest theatrical histories of any play in the Shakespeare canon, yet has been consistently misrepresented, both in performance and in criticism. This edition offers a new perspective on this ironic, multi-layered, collaborative play, revealing it as a complex meditation on the progress of Reformation which sees English life since Henry VIII's day as a series of bewildering changes in national and personal allegiance and represents 'history' as the product of varied and contradictory testimony. McMullan makes a powerful claim for the rehabilitation of Henry VIII, providing the fullest performance history of any edition to date and reading the work not as a…    
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 11/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
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,…    

Gordon McMullan is Reader in English at King's College London.

List of illustrations
General Editors? preface
Authenticities: performance history - Date and early performances - Performances 1660-1916 - Performances 1916-2000
All is true: cultural history - Truth and topicality - Royal reputations - The conscience of the King - Truth and temperance - Truth and tragicomedy - The character of the Queen - Hidden reformations - Truth and topicality: coda Originals: textual history - Text and modernization - Resources - Sources - Analogues - Collaboration
King Henry VIII (ALL IS TRUE) Longer notes
Contextual chronology for the events of Henry VIII
Comparative chronology (1603-13) for plays in Fletcher and Shakespeare canons
Attribution and composition
The Maid?s Tragedy
Uncollected sources/analogues
Doubling chart
Abbreviations and References