Wednesday, April 8, 2009

1500 to 1599: Henry IV: Part II to The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Shakespeare. British. 1597/98. Play. Henry IV: Part II. Rebels, promised redressed grievances if they will disband, are killed by John of Lancaster, the king’s second son. Hal is named king. He repudiates Falstaff and his misspent youth.

Shakespeare. British. 1598. Play. Titus Andronicus. Based on Senecan models. Human sacrifice, rape, mayhem, tongue cut out, hands cut off. Everyone kills everyone else. The survivor is proclaimed emperor.

Shakespeare. British. 1598. Play. Much Ado about Nothing. Conspiracy against Claudio. Attempt to discredit his betrothed. The warring Beatrice and Benedick become betrothed through the schemes of their friends.

Henry IV of France. French. 1598. Decree. Edict of Nantes. Decree establishing limited religious toleration in France. Revoked in 1685.

Shakespeare. British. 1598. Play. The Merry Wives of Windsor. Falstaff tries to seduce two wealthy wives and they have great fun at his expense.

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