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    Gordon McMullan,William Shakespeare
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Henry VIII is a collaborative history play, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of King Henry VIII of England.

Henry VIII is a collaborative history play, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of King Henry VIII of England. An alternative title, All Is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play's publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor, John Fletcher

King Henry VIII book.

King Henry VIII book.

There have been three distinct series of the Arden Shakespeare over the past century, with the third series expected to be completed in 2020.

Home William Shakespeare King John/Henry VIII (Signet Classics). King john henry viii si. .King John/Henry VIII (Signet Classics), . On balance, the evidence supports the view that it was an old play that Shakespeare reworked in his own vein (rather as he reworked other anonymously authored chronicle plays such as The Famous Victories of Henry V and King Leir).

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Items related to King Henry VIII (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series). Series: The Arden Shakespeare. Num Pages: 544 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 2AB; DDS; DSGS; YQE. William Shakespeare King Henry VIII (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series). ISBN 13: 9781903436257. King Henry VIII (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series). Gordon McMullan is a professor in the Department of English at King's College London.

William Shakespeare; Gordon McMullan; Ann Thompson. King Henry VIII has one of the fullest theatrical histories of any play in the Shakespeare canon, yet has been consistently misrepresented, both in performance and in criticism.

King Henry VIII" - The Arden Shakespeare (Paperback)

King Henry VIII" - The Arden Shakespeare (Paperback).

This edition of Shakespeare's "King Henry VIII" provides a clear and authoritative text, and includes an in-depth survey of critical approaches to the play.

One of the more interesting Shakespeare-s in that it closes out his career with a history. With the Arden, you get a lot about the performance history, which of this play is especially important. H8 was a big spectacle, and that was important to the success of the play. We have movies and the like, so now this isn't performed as much, but it was one of the most popular plays over the history of Shakespeare for the spectacle itself.

There's also huge interest if you're reading Wolf Hall or watching the Tudors. Everyone has a different take on these characters, and the same ones are in all 3. Wouldn't you like to know what Shakespeare's take was? Sure you would . . . sure you would.
great play. never knew it existed although I thought I had read all Shakespeare plays.
This was advertised as the Arden Second Series edition of Henry VIII. However, it clearly isn't, as it does not include the introduction or footnotes of this series. Very disappointed.
The edition is unedited, with no introduction, and without notes of any kind. Shakespeare texts, to be worth buying, need notes, at a minumum those that elucidate difficult words, of which there are many in Shakespeare, 29000 by one count. The absence of notes should have been in the book's description. Michael Platt, Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Literature, George Wythe College
lucky kitten
I have tried to abide by a discipline to read at least one Shakespearean play a year. I rarely if ever have reviewed any of them because they are so picked over that I don't feel that I have anything to add. However, it was with a good deal of anticipation that I stepped away from the renowned to the obscure by reading "King Henry VIII". I say that because it was the subject that interested me and I admit that it made quite a difference reading a play about someone I knew something about. This, in turn, gave me pause to consider many things about "King Henry VIII" that I would never have even known to consider about his other histories. It's not that I read many of his other histories but those that I had read left me completely at the mercy of the Bard for any sort of perspective or overview.

What I found most interesting about "King Henry VIII" is the limited scope that the play covered. Let's face it: even today Ol' King Henry VIII is a treasure chest of plots and subplots. Yet Shakespeare treated his subject with a great deal of respect and, essentially, rewrote history before it was even written. The four or five main characters (with the exception of Cardinal Wolsley) all come across in good light. Perhaps Ann "Bullen" is a bit empty-headed but certainly Henry, Anne of Aragon and the lesser known (outside of the Church) Thomas Cranmer are all noble through and through. There is little of the bawdy, glutonous Henry that history has given us. You would guess that Shakespeare would have done great things with such a subject but he didn't and the question that I asked myself was; WHY?

I have not studied anything about this play. I prefer to always see what the play says directly to me before being told by others as to what it means. Thus I may be stating the obvious but I came away with the conclusion that "King Henry VIII" was written for Shakespeare's Quenn Elizabeth. It was pretty obvious when reading Cranmenr's final speech and it put everything into perspective. All that went before were noble and all that came after were not even mentioned. The "noble" divorce of Henry and Ann of Aragon was necessary so that Henry have the proper opportunity to sire Elizabeth. I'm not sure enough of my timetables to know if Elizabeth I was still alive when this play came out but even if she weren't it would still be the Bard's tribute to her.

I had come to expect that most of the "good stuff" of Shakespeare (with the exception of "King Henry V") was to be found in his tragedies primarily and comedies next with the histories coming up a poor third. However, I kept my pencil busy underling passages in "King Henry VIII". It is a good play, it's not "MacBeth", but it's a good play. I'd have considered rating it 5 stars but then we'd have to rate some of the rest as 7's 8's and 9's. Most people who'd take the time to read Shakespeare probably already have a pretty good working knowledge of at least the popular history of the King with six wives. Read it for yourself and I think that you, too, will find that history is better understood when you are already familiar with the subject.
... the reviews for King Henry VIII by William Shakespeare (and all their other books as far as I can tell) as if different editions have the same content - obviously in the case of classics that is far from true.
... 3 editions of Henry VIII at this time: (1) Hardback edited by Gordon McMullar published in November 2000 (2) Paperback edited by Jay L. Halio published in September 2000 (3) Paperback edited by R. A. Foakes published in February 1998
Their editorial reviews describe ALL 3 of these editions as "This is the first fully annotated modern-spelling edition of King Henry VIII to appear for over a decade and includes up-to-date scholarship on all aspects of the play, including dating authorship, printing, sources and stage history." I don't think so! The reader reviews don't distinguish the editions but they are the same reviews posted for the different books. I wish I could contribute the answer but I am still trying to figure it out -- in the meantime, purchase cautiously or you may be disappointed.
Little Devil
This was an appropriate conclusion to Shakespeare's career. Not only are the characters such as Henry VIII, Cranmer, and Wolsey convincing, but the poetry and images are beautiful. In addition, through the fall of several characters such as Wolsey, we can see reflections of Shakespeare himself as he wrote his 37th and final play. It is also poetically appropriate that one of the greatest writers England ever knew ended his career by writing a play about one of the greatest kings that England ever knew! I DO NOT believe that Shakespeare only wrote parts of this play as many people do. With the beautiful images, poetry, and captivating characters, I am very confident in the belief that this play was written entirely by the one and only William Shakespeare.