Henry VI, Part 1

Henry VI Part Henry VI Part is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French portrayed here as effeminate and scheming A boy king Henry VI is on the Eng

  • Title: Henry VI, Part 1
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780671722661
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne, and the indomitable Talbot leads the English cause in France Joan La Pucelle Joan of Arc , who becomes captain of the French, claims to be chosen by the VirginHenry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne, and the indomitable Talbot leads the English cause in France Joan La Pucelle Joan of Arc , who becomes captain of the French, claims to be chosen by the Virgin Mary to liberate France The English, however, consider her a sensual witch.Many of the English nobility remain, quarreling, at home Once in France, some seek permission to fight each other there Talbot and his son cannot prevail the English defeat themselves by preying on each other.The authoritative edition of Henry VI, Part 1 from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further readingEssay by Phyllis RackinThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information, visit Folger.

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    1. Henry VI Part 1, whether it be a genuine Part 1 or a prequel (critics differ), is nevertheless one of the first three plays Shakespeare wrote. It is a marvelously well-constructed piece of stage craft, particularly given the necessarily episodic story it has to tell, involving the three-fold narrative of England's loss of France through Joan of Arc, the quarrels between Gloucester the Lord Protector and Beaufort the Bishop of Winchester, and the rise of the conflict between the Houses of York an [...]

    2. General IntroductionThe Chronology of Shakespeare's WorksIntroductionThe Play in PerformanceFurther Reading--Henry VI, Part IAn Account of the TextGenealogical TablesCommentary

    3. Oh goodness. I think it's time for me to be a bit annoyed, not that the play as bad in any way, because as a piece of fiction it fits its times, plays up to the prejudices of its people, makes good story out of a horribly contradictory piece of history, and blatantly evokes imagery that didn't come into service until oh, wait the imagery of the red and white roses started here? Oh. Yeah. I guess this WAS a propaganda piece! :)After all, Joan of Arc is a lying piece of trash who'd slutted her way [...]

    4. “Good Lord, what madness rules in brainsick men” ― William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1Henry VI, Part I is considered by some to have been written AFTER Henry VI, Part II and Part III so I'm technically reading this one a bit early. However, for narrative flow I am reading it first. Along with the other two Henry VI plays, and along with Richard III it makes up Shakespeare's War of the Roses tetralogy.I wasn't super impressed. I mean this isn't Richard III or Hamlet or Macbeth. But this i [...]

    5. My-oh-my.Reading these plays in parallel to a non-fiction book about the Wars of the Roses was definitely a brilliant idea. Not only does it help to entertain, it also helps to cement knowledge - although Shakespeare took quite some liberties at times.This play, which is part 1 of 3 about King Henry VI, is a bit of a mess. Maybe it's because, allegedly, it was not written by Shakespeare alone?The play deals with the beginning of Henry VI's reign (in fact, we start at the funeral of his father wh [...]

    6. BBC2 The Hollow CrownDescription: The Wars of the Roses: 1. Henry VI Part 1: Against the backdrop of wars in France, the English nobility quarrel. News of the English defeat at Orleans reaches the duke of Gloucester and other nobles. After the funeral of Henry V, his son, the infant Henry VI, is proclaimed king.Seventeen years later, Henry sits on the throne whilst the rivalries at court continue - Plantagenet has learned of his own strong claim to the crown. After Rouen falls to the French, Pla [...]

    7. You see, Manny is probably right – this play really would have been a better play if Jean of Arc had been portrayed as the central character and had been seen as the tragic heroine. That might have been asking a bit much of an English dramatist at the time, but it would have made a much more interesting play, not least as she is easily the most interesting character in the play, even in this play where she is made to sound a whore. The Talbot (don’t you love when people somehow get the defin [...]

    8. Wonderful play. So happy I read it – and re-read it, and watched it, then read it online – at least four-five times. :DThis is a play which has been heavily examined, reviewed, critiqued, and studied. (What play of Shakespeare’s has not?) But this one has come in for some meticulous scrutiny. First off there is the question of who wrote what when. Well, isn’t this the case with ALL his plays? And aren’t there multiple theories concerning the various supposed writers who really wrote th [...]

    9. I had the pleasure of reading this book whilst punting across Cambridge University, hearing about how this college was founded by Henry VI and that one by Margaret of Anjou, and so forth.It really was a great setting to read Shakespeare!This play immediately follows the magnanimous events of Henry V's conquest of France and the Battle of Agincourt. His son, Henry VI, struggles not only to keep France but is also completely oblivious to the dissent fomenting between his nobles, and York's slow as [...]

    10. Pretty good. Perhaps on a second reading, or if I get the chance to watch a performance I might appreciate this more. If action were enough to satisfy me this would earn four stars, but I need a character I care about, and Henry VI pt 1 failed to provide any really notable characters. Talbot could have been the guy, but he never gets fleshed out. Joan has potential, but, again, remains flat. Suffolk shows “slimy villain” promise – maybe he'll develop in Pt. II? The Archangel recording of t [...]

    11. England's defeat6 June 2012 First I shall be clear as to why I put this book on the historical shelf rather than the history shelf. The main reason is because a book that goes on the history self is non-fiction where as an historical book is a story, based on fact or otherwise, that was written at a time after the actual events that are portrayed. For instance, Herodotus is history because it is a non-fiction account of the Persian Wars (as well as being an anthropological text), while a book ca [...]

    12. From BBC Two:Against the backdrop of wars in France, the English nobility quarrel. News of the English defeat at Orleans reaches the duke of Gloucester and other nobles. After the funeral of Henry V, his son, the infant Henry VI, is proclaimed king.Seventeen years later, Henry sits on the throne whilst the rivalries at court continue - Plantagenet has learned of his own strong claim to the crown. After Rouen falls to the French, Plantagenet, Exeter and Talbot pledge to recapture the city from th [...]

    13. This is the play where we find Henry V dead and his young and weak son Henry VI on the throne constantly intrigued by his advisers of both red and white roses. Things go badly in France and we met Joan of Arc from a thoroughly English perspective. Finally, we watch Suffolk manipulate Henry into marrying Margaret, setting us up for Henry VI, Part II. It is probably important to note that Shakespeare did not write his histories in order not even this trilogy was written in order. He wrote Part 2 f [...]

    14. As everyone knows, Othello isn't racist. The Merchant of Venice isn't antisemitic. And, I understand, The Taming of the Shrew should be read ironically, and not as straightforward instructions on how to get a bitch to show some respect.So I imagine that it's quite feasible to consider Henry VI, Part i as a sensitive, nuanced, proto-feminist portrayal of Jeanne d'Arc. If someone can just give me a hint about how to get started, I'm sure I can fill in the rest of it

    15. 3.75/5starsedit 10/22; bumping this up from a 2.5 to a 3.75 just cause our discussion in class made me understand and enjoy it MUCH moreI'm just really not a big fan of Shakespeare's history plays. Especially this one was just WAY too much war to read about and too many battles. I'm sure its pretty entertaining to watch on the stage, but reading it just wasn't that great. Joan is pretty cool. But like i didn't care about anything else response for class:“Burgundy: Is it even so? Nay, then I se [...]

    16. Obviously the nadir of Shakespeare's achievements in the history genre, and probably the single weakest of his plays that I've read, rivaled only by "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." This is Shakespeare's "Phantom Menace," a marathon of frantic, hyperbolic expressions of patriotism, chauvinism, and woe, barely anticipating the heights that the author would achieve with the two parts of "Henry IV." Nowhere else does Shakespeare seem so constrained by genre; like "Henry V," this play is a propagandis [...]

    17. There's a lot of humor amid the grim events in this play, especially in Shakespeare's treatment of Joan of Arc.

    18. I recently learned about what the scholars have called Shakespeare's two tetralogies. The first quartet includes Henry VI Part 1, 2 and 3 and Richard III and the second includes Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V. When I discovered these organizations, my eyes bulged and I may have vacuumed all oxygen from the room. I love order. As an example of my quirk, I found a collection of Hardy Boys books tucked away in the storage crevices of my parent's basement and, after seeing numeric lab [...]

    19. I'm really not a fan of Shakespeare's history plays. The main reason is because I don't know about most of the Kings and Queens of England. I feel like to actually enjoy these you have to accept the fact that these are most likely highly fabricated or you have to know the actual history. These histories to me read a little like propaganda as well. Keep in mind Shakespeare wasn't writing for you or me. He was mainly writing for the Monarchy of England's approval. They were the ones actually watch [...]

    20. WARWICK: Between two hawks, which flies the higher pitch;Between two blades, which bears the better temper;Between two horses, which doth bear him best;Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye;I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgement;But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw. - Act II Scene IVSince I have a collection of Shakespeare's works in chronological order, I was sure to come across Henry VI in good time. Now, I know what people say time [...]

    21. I had read this many years ago, remembering nothing after the passage of time. Upon rereading, I find it is an interesting comment on our own times. Unlike most of William Shakespeare's history plays, the eponymous king, Henry VI, is a mere stripling who has not yet come into his own. Most of the action takes place in France, where England is losing many of its territories won in the Hundred Years War as a result of divisions in the ranks: between the White Rose of the Duke of York and the Red R [...]

    22. 20 February 2017 Review: I re-read in preparation for my Hollow Crown Series 2 watch, and despite the very clear episode title that Episode 1 was Henry VI, Part 1 it was in fact a seriously truncated Henry VI, Part 1 and half of Part 2. (Joan of Arc totally got jobbed in the episode, btw. Damn the patriarchy.)20 March 2013 Review: That Shakespeare sure could write a good soap opera. Fashion! Adultery! Bitchiness! Joan of Arc sass! Poor Talbot got jobbed! This was really good, yo.

    23. A quinta cena do quarto ato, e a sétima também, são de uma nobreza fora de época -- fora da nossa época -- e igualmente eterna. O orgulho dos guerreiros medido tanto pela coragem quanto pela boa fama.

    24. I struggle with the rating. Three stars for Shakespeare is different currency than three stars for some other book. So if I slogged out some unfamiliar historical parts, I was rewarded with Edmund Mortimer's rich soliloquy on old age.And the sadness of an old soldier cradling his son's body:Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have,Now my old arms are young Talbot's grave.Apropos to nothing, I love the British use of the word sort:But since your ladyship is not at leisure,I'll sort some other ti [...]

    25. With the death of Henry V, discord and crisis immediately flare in England, Henry VI being but a child and various factions vying for supremacy, while French troops are prevailing over English troops in France where Jean of Arc leads France’s army to victory after victory. If the war on the continent were not enough, the political squabbling at home in England sets the stage for the Wars of the Roses pitting the families of York and Lancaster, further compromising the ability to act decisively [...]

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