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Shakespeare’s “Henriad”

DramaHistoryRenaissanceShakespeareThe Middle Ages
Precepted by Liam Daley.
This module looks at Shakespeare’s trilogy of coming-of-age history plays depicting one of England’s most popular medieval monarchs—King Henry V. Beginning with Henry IV, Part 1, we see the young Prince Hal change from wastrel, drunkard, and companion of highway robbers into the royal figure his war-torn country needs. After relapsing in Part 2, we finally see him lead his subjects on the battlefields of France as the mature king in Henry V. Charting his course between the demands of his kingly father, the peculiar philosophy of his friend and mentor, the exuberant Sir John Falstaff, and the dangers posed by a series of political and military rivals, Henry finally learns what it means to “act” the part of a king in the ways that matter most.

Required Texts

Shakespeare’s King Henry VI, Part 1; King Henry VI, Part 2; and King Henry V (any editions).

Iterations

None (yet!)

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