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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537457
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an important scholarly edition and will obviously be indispensable for advanced study of the play.' Ann Thompson, Liverpool University

'The Oxford Shakespeare is an admirably scholarly edition, immaculately presented, offering close attention to possibilities of staging as well as meaning.' Dr D. Sedge, Exeter University

'An excellent edition, with a good introduction.' Roger Prior, Queen's University, Belfast

'Professional edition with introduction which states clearly the case for collaborative composition.R. N. Alexander, Queen Mary Westfield, London

'Stanley Wells' OUP Complete Works of Shakespeare is now eight years old and has spawned a new Oxford Shakespeare which appears now in splendidly affordable volumes in that nonpareil of libraries of good reading The World's Classics.'The Oxford Times

About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2016
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Shakespeare’s Henry VI comes in three parts and is usually placed together with Richard III to cover the what we now call The War of the Roses. To a certain extent how Shakespeare wrote and portrayed Henry have come to be the general attitude about the king, someone who was weak willed and easily led, which although there is perhaps some truth in this isn’t really that straight forward. The main problem with Henry VI is that he was a good person, or tried to be, but didn’t really have the power and determination needed to be a strong king.

The play opens just after the death of Henry V. His young son is recognised as the next king, although he was only about nine months old at the time, thus a Protector has been appointed to hold the kingdom in his name until he is old enough. Alas for Henry VI he has ‘inherited’ trouble in France with the Hundred Years War and thus there is fighting over the seas. With another claiming that he has a better right to the throne than the new king there is also machinations behind the scenes at court.

And so we see a young king come to power to find that his territories are diminished in France and that a number of his nobles are quarrelling amongst themselves. For Henry he just wants some peace and the stopping of hostilities at home, and to see what is going on in France and by his appearance gather loyal supporters around him. But as we see here things don’t go according to plan, and there are battles, deaths and treachery afoot.

Shakespeare portrays Joan of Arc here with some hesitation. We at first see her as someone who is holy, but then this does alter and she comes across as someone being used and lastly as a witch and in contact with the supernatural.
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I was lucky enough to see Michael Boyd's production of Henry VI part one is his epic History Cycle in the Courtyard theatre in 2006. Prompted by that experience I thought I would delve a little deeper into these underperformed plays and what jewels I found.

Michael Taylor's editing of this edition is superb and the layout of the text and notes stunning. The prose and poetry is sublime and deeply moving. The centrepiece for me has to be the relationship between Talbot and his son who are left beached in France by treachery. Deeply moving, Shakespeare chronicles their love as they fight together for King and Country.

Joan of Arc is another highlight of the play and her story and background is fascinating.

This is a must for Shakespeare scholars and any reader of English History.
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Arrived safely in good condition. The play, of course, lived up to expectations, having been written by an experienced and reputable playwright!
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