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King Richard II by [Shakespeare, William]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPTBS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,864 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By lyra on 25 Nov. 2013
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“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;” (5v)
I can't believe how long it has taken me to discover this jewel of a play. I bow to Greg Doran's production, David Tennant's Richard II, complete with red hair extensions, and the RSC's 2013 cast. A stunning production which led me to read and reread this several times despite having avoided the history plays for many years. Tennant brought out the beauty of Shakespeare's language and walked the tightrope between an arrogant, self aggrandising king convinced of his divine right to rule, and a vulnerable man facing his own mortality. As Bolinbroke's star comes into the ascendant so, surprisingly, sympathy for him wanes and Richard's moral superiority rises. Shakespeare has created a fascinating hero. He may be irritating as hell and sometimes bordering on the ridiculous, yet it is Richard's speeches I am constantly drawn to. One of the masterful strokes in this play is that the politics always seem murky, roles are frequently reversed, we never quite know the truth of Gloucester's murder, who has been deceiving whom, or who will commit the next treasonous act. And have I mentioned Shakespeare's language? Just stunning. Yet so compact.

Richard II to Bolingbroke “Good king, great king, and yet not greatly good,” (4i) Unpick that, and yet, ostensibly it's a throwaway line; the play is full of them. How does Shakespeare do it?

Having said that, I think this is a play that is begging to be seen not read. If this play has not stunned you on a reading, go and watch a good performance; so much is in the nuances of the language. During Elizabeth's reign the play was so politically explosive that the deposition scene could be performed, but could not be recorded as the written copy was treasonous.
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By Dr. K. E. Patrick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Dec. 2014
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I think this play is under-rated, and it's intriguing that during the time of Elizabeth, one of her favourites, Essex, had it performed the night before he attempted to lead a rebellion against her. With its main theme of legitimacy versus competency, it's the first of four plays in the Henriad, the four historical plays ending with Henry V.

I always feel really sorry for Richard by the end, who clearly has touches of compassion, tenderness, and even boldness that don't seem to come out during his day-to-day, whimsical, even badly advised, reign. When the RSC changed the ending in its recent David Tennant production, I thought it did a great disservice to some of its echoes of, say, Henry II's complicity in the death of Thomas Becket.
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One of Shakespeare's great history plays which is not always performed but I read the text as I was privileged to be at the first live screening of the play, from the Festival Theatre in Stratford worldwode and to cities in England. I thoroughly enjoyed the play which has some truly memorable speeches in it. The Kindle version is very approachable with good highlights.
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I bought this after watching the theatre production. I love the historical reference and the political attire within the play. Its amazing to think how long ago it was written.
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Got this for a quick read and refresh before watching David Tennant in role
Excellent as ever, much lighter than carrying round a paper version!
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This is almost perfect. Sometimes, these free versions are unreadable but this is absolutely fine. Why pay when you can read this for free!
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