Online reading group and book discussion forum
  HOME ENTER FORUMS OUR BOOKS LINKS DONATE ADVERTISE CONTACT  
View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:26 pm





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 
Richard II - Intro 
Author Message
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
pets endangered by possible book avalanche

BookTalk.org Moderator
Platinum Contributor

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4608
Location: NC
Thanks: 2074
Thanked: 2113 times in 1569 posts
Gender: Male

Post Richard II - Intro
We should probably have a separate Richard II subforum, but for now this can go here in the Henry IV, Part 1 thread.

Here's the promised Bevington intro to Richard II. Interestingly, Bevington lists this play as "The Tragedy of Richard the Second." We all know what happens at the end of this play.

http://www.wordcentrist.net/rich_II_intro.pdf

I just noticed that I still have Bevington's intro to A Midummer Night's Dream on my server as well.

http://www.wordcentrist.net/bevington_midsummer.pdf


_________________
-Geo
Question everything


The following user would like to thank geo for this post:
Flann 5, Taylor
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:59 am
Profile
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
pets endangered by possible book avalanche

BookTalk.org Moderator
Platinum Contributor

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4608
Location: NC
Thanks: 2074
Thanked: 2113 times in 1569 posts
Gender: Male

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
Once again, I turn to the Royal Shakespeare Company for a brief synopsis of this play . . .

Synopsis

A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster.

In the presence of King Richard, Henry Bolingbroke (who will eventually be Henry IV) accuses Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk) of embezzling crown funds and of plotting the death of his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. They will not be reconciled and are about to fight, but Richard stops the combat before it can begin.

Exile
Bolingbroke is exiled for ten years (later reduced to six); Mowbray is exiled for life.

John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster, uncle to the king and Bolingbroke's father) dies after accusing Richard of improper government. Richard orders the seizure of Gaunt's property, denying Bolingbroke his inheritance. He then departs for Ireland, appointing his other uncle York to govern in his absence.

Uprising
The Duke of Northumberland reveals that Bolingbroke has returned to England with an army. Bolingbroke persuades his uncle York that he has returned for his rightful inheritance, not to start a rebellion against the crown.

Richard returns from Ireland to discover that his Welsh troops have deserted him, that York has allied himself with Bolingbroke, and the common people are rising against him.

Richard agrees to Bolingbroke's demands
Bolingbroke and his supporters meet with Richard. Bolingbroke promises to surrender his arms if his banishment is repealed and his inheritance restored. Richard agrees to his demands.

Richard's cousin, the Duke of Aumerle, is accused of murdering the Duke of Gloucester. Bolingbroke arrests everyone involved in the allegations. Richard agrees to abdicate. Bolingbroke announces his coronation.

Plotting
A plot is hatched to restore Richard to the throne. York discovers that his son Aumerle is involved in a plot to kill Bolingbroke. Aumerle confesses to Bolingbroke, and is pardoned. Richard is killed whilst imprisoned in Pomfret Castle.

Bolingbroke receives news of his supporters' efforts to defeat his detractors. Exton presents Richard's body to Bolingbroke, only to be rewarded with banishment. Bolingbroke promises to undertake a pilgrimage to expiate his sins.

http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/synopsis.aspx

A more detailed overview here . . .

http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays ... cenes.html


_________________
-Geo
Question everything


The following user would like to thank geo for this post:
Taylor
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:06 am
Profile
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Thread Flintstone

Silver Contributor

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 883
Location: Florida
Thanks: 371
Thanked: 539 times in 407 posts
Gender: Male
Country: United States (us)

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
Quote:
Geo wrote:
We should probably have a separate Richard II subforum, but for now this can go here in the Henry IV, Part 1 thread.


Thanks for the links and synopsis. I am game for a continued discussion as long as you are.



Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:51 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Thread Flintstone

Silver Contributor

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 883
Location: Florida
Thanks: 371
Thanked: 539 times in 407 posts
Gender: Male
Country: United States (us)

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
I am finding that WS can be more than a casual read, I picked up a Folger Library addition of Richard 2 from a local used book shop for a buck. This Folger copy titles this play as a tragedy also.



The following user would like to thank Taylor for this post:
geo
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:14 pm
Profile Email
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Master Debater


Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 24
Thanks: 24
Thanked: 25 times in 16 posts
Gender: Male
Country: Australia (au)

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
Hi
I'm interested in joining this discussion if it goes ahead.
I saw Richard II and Henry IV Part I and Part II last year. I wish I'd got here sooner and could have joined the discussion on Henry IV.



Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:46 pm
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
pets endangered by possible book avalanche

BookTalk.org Moderator
Platinum Contributor

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4608
Location: NC
Thanks: 2074
Thanked: 2113 times in 1569 posts
Gender: Male

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
jetsam wrote:
Hi
I'm interested in joining this discussion if it goes ahead.
I saw Richard II and Henry IV Part I and Part II last year. I wish I'd got here sooner and could have joined the discussion on Henry IV.


Hi Jetsam,

Welcome aboard! The Henry IV discussion has wound down, but that's not to say the discussion can't pick up again. Feel free to post your thoughts any time.

I'm getting ready to start reading Richard II. Don't know how many people will be participating. The more the merrier. Of the four plays in the Henriad, I believe Henry IV, part 1, is by far the most popular. I recently perused the Shakespeare section of a local used book shop and there were quite a few Henry IV, part 1s, for sale. And quite a few Richard IIIs, which belongs to Shakeseare's first tetralogy (that includes Henry VI parts 1–3). There were lots of Macbeths and Hamlets and Othellos of course. But no Richard IIs or Henry IV, part 2s.

By the way, where did you see Richard II and Henry IV Part I and Part II?


_________________
-Geo
Question everything


Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:42 pm
Profile
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Master Debater


Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 24
Thanks: 24
Thanked: 25 times in 16 posts
Gender: Male
Country: Australia (au)

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
Hi Geo, thanks

The three plays were performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in England last year and the performances were broadcast to cinemas round the world. I saw them here in Australia. David Tennant played Richard.

I think you'll enjoy Richard II. Although it's not a popular play, I read somewhere that it is one of Shakespeare's top 3 history plays and more significant that than Richard III.

It's interesting to compare the openings of Richard II and Henry IV Pt I. In both scenes we're looking at kings who are about to face deadly challenges, but who for the moment are unaware of what lies ahead.

The beginning of Henry IV is very poetic with Henry's hopeful speech of reconciliation and redemption which opens:

"So shaken as we are, so wan with care,
Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,
And breathe short-winded accents of new broils
To be commenced in strands afar remote..."

The opening of Richard II on the other hand is much more businesslike and mundane with the king introducing the two nobles who have a quarrel with each other, followed by a series of ritualised challenges and responses.

Richard II as a whole has much in it of lyrical beauty, but I think Henry IV Pt I wins in terms of memorable opening lines.



The following user would like to thank jetsam for this post:
geo
Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:26 am
Profile Email
User avatar
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
pets endangered by possible book avalanche

BookTalk.org Moderator
Platinum Contributor

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4608
Location: NC
Thanks: 2074
Thanked: 2113 times in 1569 posts
Gender: Male

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
jetsam wrote:
Hi Geo, thanks

The three plays were performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in England last year and the performances were broadcast to cinemas round the world. I saw them here in Australia. David Tennant played Richard.


I'll have to look out for that production. Maybe it will air on BBC or something.

Meanwhile, I was recently looking at this recent Globe Theatre production of 1 Henry IV . . .

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RP ... PDKIKX0DER


_________________
-Geo
Question everything


Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:36 pm
Profile
Years of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membershipYears of membership
Master Debater


Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 24
Thanks: 24
Thanked: 25 times in 16 posts
Gender: Male
Country: Australia (au)

Post Re: Richard II - Intro
Did you watch the Globe Theatre production. What was it like? Was Falstaff good? I think it's tricky getting the right actor for him.

The production of Richard II that I saw is actually available on DVD if you're interested. It's a brand new production by the Royal Shakespeare Company filmed live at Stratford:
[url]
http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Richa ... B00J379KKW[/url]



Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:22 am
Profile Email
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] • Topic evaluate: Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average.Evaluations: 0, 0.00 on the average. 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:



Site Resources 
HELPFUL INFO:
Community Rules & Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
BBCode Explained
Author Interview Transcripts
Book Discussion Leaders

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO READ:
Bestsellers
Book Awards
Banned Books
• Book Reviews
• Online Books
• Team Picks
Newspaper Book Sections

WHERE TO BUY BOOKS:
• Coming Soon!

BEHIND THE BOOKS:
• Coming Soon!

PROMOTE YOUR BOOK!
Advertise on BookTalk.org
Promote your FICTION book
Promote your NON-FICTION book





BookTalk.org is a thriving book discussion forum, online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a community. Our forums are open to anyone in the world. While discussing books is our passion we also have active forums for talking about poetry, short stories, writing and authors. Our general discussion forum section includes forums for discussing science, religion, philosophy, politics, history, current events, arts, entertainment and more. We hope you join us!


Navigation 
MAIN NAVIGATION

HOMEFORUMSOUR BOOKSAUTHOR INTERVIEWSADVERTISELINKSFAQDONATETERMS OF USEPRIVACY POLICYSITEMAP

OTHER PAGES WORTH EXPLORING
Banned Book ListOnline Reading GroupTop 10 Atheism Books

Copyright © BookTalk.org 2002-2021. All rights reserved.

Display Pagerank