All Is True MOBI Ó All Is Kindle - Paperback

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • All Is True
  • William Shakespeare
  • English
  • 04 May 2016
  • 9780743273305

10 thoughts on “All Is True

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    There are lots of things about this play that please and impress me but somehow I don't think it uite works The best things about it are two scenes probably by Fletcher the sympathetic portrait of Katharine of Aragon's self defense and the dignified solilouy of the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey after his fall The next best thing is the artful ironic context Shakespeare builds around them first by creating a magnificent description of the wrestling match staged between Henry VIII and Francis I evoking a golden age in much the same way that Enobarbus' barge speech does in Antony and Cleopatra and then following it almost immediately with the fall of the Duke of Buckingham engineered on trumped up charges by the Machiavellian Wolsey Thus the authors let us know early on that the nobility here is superficial barely concealing calculation and self interest I think the major reasons the play as a whole is unsatisfactory is that Henry VIII never really comes to life either as a king or a man and the ending which seems to imply that all's well that ends well because of the birth of Elizabeth leaves the major dramatic issues unresolved Still the verse is often effective and occasionally powerful and I think every Shakespeare fan should read it at least once

  2. James James says:

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Henry VIII a play written in 1613 by William Shakespeare This play originally had a different title and there is also some suspicion that it was co written with another person at the time It was towards the end of Shakespeare's career where while his brilliance had grown uite impressive his fame and fortune was also being thrust and into the spotlight to the point of being accused of some level of crimes against the government Similarly the battles between the different churches of England were in full swing When you read this play you sense a bit of disconnect It's not a comedy or a tragedy in my opinion It's about reality ie what King Henry VIII had been previously going through with this divorces six wives etc The focus is on Katherine of Aragon and the church's position on Henry's reuest to re marry There are lots of good lines and passages in the play but it isn't one of his better plays I'm also not one for propaganda type literature instead preferring something to take me away from reality About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

  3. leynes leynes says:

    I did it I finished Willie's entire body of work within 4 years August 2016 July 2020 I didn't even try that hard I just kept reading Huh What a concept Henry VIII was a somewhat underwhelming play to end it with but I think it's only fair that the Globe burned down at the end of Act I so that spectators wouldn't have to suffer through the remaining four acts Henry VIII is a collaborative play between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher following the story of Henry's forbidden love with Anne Bullen and the Dukes' plots to turn the king against Cardinal Wolsey It is a story of a ruthless race to power and the desire for an heir The year Henry VIII was first performed the spectacular nature of the action and the conclusion in universal rejoicing for a round Princess Elizabeth daughter of Anne Bullen and Henry VIII suggests an association with a great state occasion the marriage on 14 February 1613 of Frederick the Elector Palatine and Princess Elizabeth daughter of Anne of Denmark and James I It is the only history play in the first Folio to treat a peaceful though partly a tragic action the only one save for Henry V to show a monarch settled unuestionably on his throne The kingdom at this point rides on the crest of a wave But the sense of a conclusion in which nothing is concluded is strongest of all in Henry VIII And not just Jacobean spectators can feel the deep historical irony of the disastrous future lying ahead of those who when the play finished are highest in future But nonetheless Henry VIII ends in a flourish of triumph and is clearly meant to celebrate a reign which whatever terrors it involved in reality is here approved as establishing Tudor supremacy and Protestant assurance At the beginning of the play the Duke of Norfolk tells Buckingham of the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France at the Field of the Cloth of Gold On the instigation of Cardinal Wolsey Buckingham is arrested for high treason The ueen interrupts the indictment of Buckingham to demand that the king undo a tax imposed by Wolsey to finance the French war KING HENRYThe fairest hand I ever touched O beautyTill now I never knew thee At a party held by Wolsey Henry meets Anne Bullen and falls in love with her It's uite ridiculous because you get to see what a manwhore Henry really is but the #instalove aspect of it is rather fun Buckingham is tried and executed Let me tell you the flashbacks to The Three Musketeers gave me whiplash It was so hard to keep all of these same names straight The Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk fail to turn the king against Wolsey Henry uestioning the legality of his marriage to Katherine sets up a tribunal presided over by Wolsey and the papal representative Cardinal Campeius I think you have hit the mark; but is't not cruelThat she should feel the smart of this? The CardinalWill have his will and she must fall This whole situation made me absolutely furious for Katherine She was literally the only character that I rooted for in this play and she was done so dirty by all the men around her like the Cardinal who was actively advocating against her or her own damn husband who completely disregarded her At one point Norfolk describes her as a jewel that has hung twenty years about his neck Henry's yet never lost her lustre and I could've puked However my gurl Katherine really came through at her own damn trial and defended herself In what have I offended you? What causeHath my behaviour given to your displeasureThat thus you should proceed to put me offAnd take your good grace from me? Though she had little power what power she did have she held on to and fought for with great ferocity Whereas Buckingham did not stand up for himself at all when he was mistreated by the King at Wolsey’s advising Katherine remained dignified and fought to remain with the man that she loved And for that we have to stan I think my favorite moment in the entire play was her threatening Wolsey Sir I am about to weep but thinking thatWe are a ueen or long have dreamed so certainThe daughter of a king my drops of tearsI’ll turn to sparks of fire YAAAAAS UEEN like literally UEEN Also that during another encounter she took none of Wolsey's shit and told him straight to his face Would I had never trod this English earth Or felt the flatteries that grow upon itYe have angels' faces but heaven knows your heart I love her than life itself Her scenes were the only things worthwhile in this entire play Anyways back to the otherwise boring plot Anne Bullen is made Marchioness of Pembroke Katherine walks out of the tribunal and demands that the case be decided in Rome Wolsey and Campeius fail to convince the ueen to throw herself on the king's mercy Anne secretly marries Henry A conspiracy by the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk to disgrace Wolsey is successful and Wolsey falls Cranmer is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Katherine is divorced Anne is crowned ueen Katherine is told of Wolsey's death and she herself dies Anne gives birth to a girl who will grow up to become ueen Elizabeth This royal infant – heaven still move about her –Though in her cradle yet now promisesUpon this land a thousand thousand blessingsWhich time shall bring to ripeness she shall be –But few now living can behold that goodness –A pattern to all princes living with herAnd all that shall succeed Stephen Gardiner Bishop of Winchester attempts to charge Cranmer for heresy He fails through Henry's intervention Elizabeth is christened and Cranmer predicts the glory of her reignLike I mentioned in the beginning during a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in 1613 a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre's thatched roof and the beams burning the original Globe building to the ground No people were harmed only one man had his breeches set on fire that would perhaps have broiled him if he had not by the benefit of a provident wit put it out with bottle ale What a mood

  4. Brian Brian says:

    “O how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes’ favors”There is a lot of telling about things in “Henry VIII” almost no showing with just a few exceptions The action happens offstage we just get to hear about it in some exuisite language Writer and scholar Harold Bloom has said that “Henry VIII” is a “better dramatic poem than a play” and he may be right But whatever you call it I enjoyed itI gave Henry VIII” a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare not to literature as a whole The Bard is in a class of his ownIn this edition the Introduction by Jonathan Crewe focuses on defending the play as worthy of Shakespeare It is worth reading Ironically in this text Henry VIII is the least interesting character in the play The text has some wonderful flashes and three supporting characters get the play’s best moments and languageThe first such instant is Act 21 the downfall of Buckingham who as he is condemned to death for treason speaks some beautiful poetry In Act 32 we get Cardinal Wolsey’s downfall and once again Shakespeare imbues an undeserving character with a moment of redemption and wonderful pathos at the scene of their decline and fallThe lesson in this Will Shakespeare can write one heck of an awesome farewellfinal momentAct 24 and Act 31 are the ueen Katherine show I really loved what she says and does in these scenes Shakespeare has given her some of the greatest lines this text offersAnd “Henry VIII” even boasts some ribald Shakespeare as there is a delightful scene Act 23 where Anne Boleyn and an old woman share a discussion filled with bawdy sexual innuendo subtext and just plain human truth that is an example of the reason I love WillUnfortunately the last Act of this play is the weakest by far The text ends on a whimper and that greatly detracts from it Hey it happens I enjoyed what preceded it enough to make up for itThe Pelican editions of Shakespeare contain some simple yet informative essays “Theatrical World” “The Texts of Shakespeare” that preface every play in this Pelican series They are worth a readAs for the Pelican Shakespeare series they are one of my two favorite editions since the scholarly research is usually top notch and the editions themselves look good as an aesthetic unit It looks and feels like a play and this compliments the text's contents admirably The Pelican series was recently reedited and has the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his time period Well priced and well worth it

  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    I can't say that the writing is bad per se that the topic is unworthy except for being an obligatory propagandist piece to prop up the worthiness of the Anglican church versus the CatholicsI'm sure no one is surprised on this countThere's rather less of the real drama that surrounded the King the man and all his travails or misogyny surrounding his six wives or the interesting women surrounding this historic character rather it's just the focus on the single uasi divorce still under the Catholic eye and the fall of the Cardinal and the succession of our dear Elisabeth by her on stage birth under the Anglican eyeDoes it read as a set piece? A vanity play? A yawn worthy white wash of the man the ueen's father? Um yeah yeah it does sighAnd here I'd hoped for a bit drama in line with the actual history Alas Not my favorite By a long shot

  6. Anand Anand says:

    Henry VIII the first of two surviving collaborative plays written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher the third Cardenio is lost to us is an ironic celebration and a historically complicated pageant It suggests a progressive view of history that moves to a glorious end and yet that dynamic is undercut by a cyclical rise and fall pattern of human history Buckingham and Wolsey and Katherine fall while Anne and More and Cranmer rise Yet as we know from history Anne More and Cranmer would fall after the end of the play — the first two by the hand of Henry VIII and the last by the hand of his daughter Mary ueen of Scots Mary herself would fall by the hand of ueen Elizabeth I whom this play celebrates in a retrospective prophecy Though such irony does not inherently make a play better than simplicity knowing as Shakespeare and Fletcher and their audience would have known of the fates of the characters in history does enrich my reception of Henry VIII Though I am inclined to think that a Henry VIII written completely by Shakespeare would have be greater I am pleased to say that the play as it is has a unity to it such that I can treat it as “a Shakespeare play” and that it functions as a kind of historical romance play that prefigures and foreshadows the romance of ueen Elizabeth I and her “golden age” It resembles Henry V in showing a kind of happy ending that is undercut in happiness by the future ironies and sad events and it recalls Richard III in its Tudor ending It also resembles The Tempest in its display of poetry and pageantry while it resembles Antony and Cleopatra in its mixture of poetic and linguistic extravagance with a kind of ambiguity about the movement of history and power William Hazlitt is right to find the play of “considerable interest of a mild and thoughtful cast and with some of the most striking passages in the author's works” while Harold Bloom a descendant of the Hazlitt school of Shakespeare criticism admired it as “a better dramatic poem than a play” and said the play “deserves aesthetic esteem than it has been accorded” as it has “a new and original style one that transcends the stage images who chant it” As I read it I could not help but admire the beauty of the poetry the complexity of Shakespeare’s late language Shakespeare’s and Fletcher’s bestowing of grand speech on their characters and the pageantry of this playThe prologue is noteworthy for what it sets up for the play’s audience “I come no to make you laugh” could be a signal that Shakespeare has ended his funny plays for good though there will be humor at moments “A weighty and a serious browSad high and working full of state and woe” signals what I imagine the gestures of many of its anxious historical characters such as Henry VIII Wolsey and Cranmer to be while “pity” and “truth” highlight major themes and concerns All is True the play’s other title is suggestive of a kind of ambiguity around truth and honesty For example Katherine is “true” in her fidelity to a husband and king that rejects her for matters of state and for personal reasons while Henry VIII is “true” to the State and to his desires in his choice of Anne Boelyn In addition the side that stands for a kind of Catholicism has its truth perhaps best represented by a fallen and mostly repentant Wolsey the main villain of the piece for some time while the Protestantism is also true All is True highlight for us the play’s thematic and verbal interest in truth and honesty which the other title of Henry VIII might not immediately bring to mindThe opening of the play sets up the grandeur of language and spectacle and the concerns of honesty and honor that set up See Norfolk’s speechMen might sayTill this time pomp was single but now marriedTo one above itself Each following dayBecame the next day’s master till the lastMade former wonders its Today the FrenchAll clinuant all in gold like heathen godsShone down the English and tomorrow theyMade Britain India every man that stoodShowed like a mine Their dwarfish pages wereAs cherubins all gilt The madams tooNot used to toil did almost sweat to bearThe pride upon them that their very laborWas to them as a painting Now this masueWas cried incomparable; and th’ ensuing nightMade it a fool and beggarJust as Norfolk describes a pageant so his verse becomes a kind of verbal pageant of imagery euivalent to Enobarbus’ grand barge speech in Antony and Cleopatra Pomp is married and becomes The days master one another French and English are grand together Pages and madams are gilded and painted Shakespeare’s multiplication of imagery so common in the energy of his dramatic verse gains a kind of stately flow In addition that poetic power is evoked in the introduction of honesty into the play’s schemeAs I belong to worship and affectIn honor honesty the tract of everythingWould by a good discourser lose some lifeWhich action’s self was tongue to All was royal;To the disposing of it naught rebelledOrder gave each thing view The office didDistinctly his full functionThe general sense goes something like this As I am an aristocrat and honorably love truth the event would even by a good speaker lose some of the life which the action itself spoke of All of it was so splendid and it was so orderly Yet attending to the lines closely something happens “Honor” and “honesty linked together” bring to the forefront and together what will be depicted challenged debunked in some and vindicated in others Wolsey will be shown to have had neither true honor nor honesty while Katherine and Cranmer are opposites who ultimately are shown to have honor and honesty in them The case of Henry VIII himself as I will explain further shows much ambiguity How much “honour” does Henry have in divorcing his wife and in affecting another woman? How much “honesty” does he show in the way he deals with his conscience and scruples? The play is ambiguous about Henry VIII’s own character and that ambiguity depends on the audience’s awareness of history as it does on the playwrights’ creativity In addition “all was royal” and orderly signals something of the orderliness that appears in this work in my mind and imagination as I read it I should add also that “honesty” and “truth” like “brave” in The Tempest “honest” in Othello and “nothing” in King Lear functions as a repeated motif that causes us to reflect on what is true about history what is true about religion and what is true about the human face of political action and ambition That repetition becomes part of the beauty I feel of Shakespeare’s and Fletcher’s language How do we approach the King as Shakespeare and Fletcher depict him? Henry VIII’s later career as a wife killer calls into doubt the way he appears in the play Yet does it necessarily detract from the not unsympathetic portrait of the play? Not necessarily if one keeps in mind the attitude of a providential viewpoint that views all of this as part of the drama that leads to the splendor of Elizabeth I and her successor King James I Henry is depicted so it seems as a loving husband who divorces his wife as much for reasons of state and conscience as for an interest in a new wife Henry is also depicted as the vindicator of the righteous Cranmer and the punisher of the venial and ambitious Wolsey These things make him somewhat sympathetic and at times he resembles Shakespeare’s Henry IV another problematic figure not unsympathetically portrayed Some readers might think that this portrait is not negative enough on himBut William Hazlitt interestingly thought that Shakespeare does depict the negative in the play “The character of Henry VIII is drawn with great truth and spirit It is like a very disagreeable portrait sketched by the hand of a master His gross appearance his blustering demeanour his vulgarity his arrogance his sensuality his cruelty his hypocrisy his want of common decency and common humanity are marked in strong lines His traditional peculiarities of expression complete the reality of the picture” Though one might find the play sympathetic than Hazlitt saw it it is noteworthy how the play also sets up and ualifies Henry’s stings of conscience Henry’s meeting of Anne which resembles the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet in their play is both economic and full of portentous and weighty and sad meaning In addition noble commentary undercuts Henry’s “scruple and prick” of conscienceCHAMBERLAIN It seems the marriage with his brother’s wifeHas crept too near his conscienceSUFFOLKNo his conscienceHas crept too near another ladyThe viewer sometimes cannot help but feel that such was indeed the case and in many ways this is how I tended to have understood Henry VIII’s situation But I am also inclined to believe that Henry’s decisions were as motivated by genuine religious and political reasons as they were by amorous inclinations and Shakespeare and Fletcher brilliantly register some of this complexity as they show his taking back of a power that he once did not fully exercise The play also treats with ambiguity the fates of the fallen ones in the play The falls of Buckingham Wolsey and Katherine are “necessary” so as to make way for Elizabeth I and her age But Shakespeare and Fletcher depict their ends with sympathy and poetry Buckingham gives his great speech sharing with his father the fate of political execution while dying nobly than him Wolsey hitherto scheming and ambitious is made to reflect on the state of man in lines of beautiful poetry Katherine is vouchsafed a vision worthy of The Tempest Thus through their falls Shakespeare and Fletcher can have their cake of Tudor celebration and eat with it the whipped cream of sympathy for the fallenIn addition to the glory of the play’s pageantry I was also struck by how effective Henry VIII could work as a drama and how it vividly evoked the Shakespeare plays that led up to this point As I alluded to earlier the scene where Henry and Anne first meet is brilliant The Blackfriars “trial” resembles The Winter’s Tale while giving Katherine and Wolsey a kind of elouent back and forth with King Henry VIII to reflect on his conscience The final conversation of Wolsey and Henry VIII followed by his great speech resembles the Southampton scene in Henry V while also being full of irony The palace yard scene in Act 5 resembles the “side” view of a reunion in The Winter’s Tale while also signalling the popularity of Elizabeth’s coronation which alludes to her later popularity as the great ueen of England The speech by Wolsey deserves uotation for its beauty grandeur and closureWOLSEY Farewell? A long farewell to all my greatnessThis is the state of man today he puts forthThe tender leaves of hopes; tomorrow blossomsAnd bears his blushing honors thick upon him;The third day comes a frost a killing frostAnd when he thinks good easy man full surelyHis greatness is a ripening nips his rootAnd then he falls as I do I have venturedLike little wanton boys that swim on bladdersThis many summers in a sea of gloryBut far beyond my depth My high blown prideAt length broke under me and now has left meWeary and old with service to the mercyOf a rude stream that must forever hide meVain pomp and glory of this world I hate youI feel my heart new opened O how wretchedIs that poor man that hangs on princes’ favorsThere is betwixt that smile we would aspire toThat sweet aspect of princes and their ruinMore pangs and fears than wars or women have;And when he falls he falls like LuciferNever to hope againMuch has been written on this so I cannot hope to reflect further except that it has a rich flow and signals a kind of transformation And yet the poetry is grander than the man It is ironic in that this speech is followed by a conversation between the fallen Wolsey and the rising Cromwell who is later to fall And yet this granting of a great speech to a small man shows the imaginative sympathy and generosity of Shakespeare and Fletcher in their depiction of character and history The final scene has that grand prophecy which I will uote in full to close withCRANMER Let me speak sirFor heaven now bids me; and the words I utterLet none think flattery for they’ll find ’em truthThis royal infant—heaven still move about her—Though in her cradle yet now promisesUpon this land a thousand thousand blessingsWhich time shall bring to ripeness She shall be—But few now living can behold that goodness—A pattern to all princes living with herAnd all that shall succeed Saba was neverMore covetous of wisdom and fair virtueThan this pure soul shall be All princely gracesThat mold up such a mighty piece as this isWith all the virtues that attend the goodShall still be doubled on her Truth shall nurse her;Holy and heavenly thoughts still counsel herShe shall be loved and feared Her own shall bless her;Her foes shake like a field of beaten cornAnd hang their heads with sorrow Good grows withherIn her days every man shall eat in safetyUnder his own vine what he plants and singThe merry songs of peace to all his neighborsGod shall be truly known and those about herFrom her shall read the perfect ways of honorAnd by those claim their greatness not by bloodNor shall this peace sleep with her; but as whenThe bird of wonder dies the maiden phoenixHer ashes new create another heirAs great in admiration as herselfSo shall she leave her blessedness to oneWhen heaven shall call her from this cloud of darknessWho from the sacred ashes of her honorShall starlike rise as great in fame as she wasAnd so stand fixed Peace plenty love truth terrorThat were the servants to this chosen infantShall then be his and like a vine grow to himWherever the bright sun of heaven shall shineHis honor and the greatness of his nameShall be and make new nations He shall flourishAnd like a mountain cedar reach his branchesTo all the plains about him Our children’s childrenShall see this and bless heavenKING Thou speakest wondersCRANMER She shall be to the happiness of EnglandAn agèd princess; many days shall see herAnd yet no day without a deed to crown itWould I had known no But she must dieShe must the saints must have her; yet a virginA most unspotted lily shall she passTo th’ ground and all the world shall mourn herAs with so much of the play this grand prophecy is fraught with ironyAnd yet one cannot help but feel that this speech and prophecy is good true beautiful and elouent So one must with reservations accept this and the rest of the play As do I

  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    A rare chance to hear Shakespeare's last play starring Matthew Marsh and Patrick Malahide Originally recorded to mark the 500th anniversary of the accession of Henry VIIIIn 1509 the 17 year old Henry acceded to the throne of England Shakespeare's play co authored with John Fletcher opens with the arrest for treason of the Duke of Buckingham 12 years later and tells the story of Henry's struggle to divorce Katherine of Aragon and the catastrophic fall of the all powerful Cardinal Wolsey Henry VIII Matthew Marshueen Katherine Yolanda VazuezCardinal Wolsey Patrick MalahideDuke of Norfolk Joseph MydellThomas Cranmer Adam GodleyDuke of Suffolk Stuart McuarrieOld Lady Ann BeachAnne Boleyn Donnla HughesBuckinghamCromwell Paul RiderChamberlainCapuchius Chris PavloAbergavennySurrey Stephen CritchlowSurveyorGardiner Gunnar CautherySandsCampeius Jonathan TaflerLovellGriffith Dan StarkeyPrincess Elizabeth Sonny CroweOther parts played by Jill Cardo Robert Lonsdale Manjeet Mann Inam Mirza Malcolm TierneyPipe and Tabor played by Bill TuckEaxtra info Known sometimes by the title 'All is True' Shakespeare and Fletcher's rarely performed play is a masterful analysis of the murky world of Tudor politics A world where nothing can be taken on face value Wolsey Patrick Malahide has control of the key offices of state as both Chancellor and Cardinal of York Henry Matthew Marsh appears to be oblivious to criticism levelled at Wolsey by some of his senior courtiers and the play opens with the trial and execution of one of Wolsey's most outspoken critics the Duke of Buckingham The trial of Katherine of Aragon Yolanda Vazuez motivated by Henry's scruple that his marriage to his late brother's wife was unlawful is one of the most poignant scenes in Shakespeare Henry is seen to be moved by Katherine's plight and protests that she is the best of women Following the divorce Cardinal Wolsey is the author of his own undoing when he unwittingly reveals to Henry the true extent of his own profit from his position and that he has been plotting with the Pope to undermine Henry's bid to marry Anne Boleyn The play finishes with the rise of reformer Thomas Cranmer and ends with the christening of the young ElizabethI once browsed this as I have all the plays sonnets etc in a volume and found this to be sorely lacking on the page However this particular rendition by the BBC was thoroughly enjoyable and can recommend Sunday night's production available for another 28 days via the link at the top of my reviewMantel's two books must be considered the defining literature on the times IMHO

  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water” Shakespeare Fletcher Henry VIII What do you get when you co write a play and the other guy phones it in? What do you do when the other guy is William Shakespeare and his phoned in stuff is still better than most writing you've seen or your own writing? I guess you just do what you do write your scenes work hard and shut up Here are my three main knocks against this play1 Phoned in by the Bard see also Cymbeline2 Co written by John Fletcher see also The Two Noble Kinsmen3 uasi propaganda crap for the Tudors see also Too soon Too soonFor those interested according to Erdman and Fogel in 'Evidence for Authorship Essays on Problems of Attribution' the breakdown of authorship for this play is the followingShakespeare Act I scenes i and ii; IIiii and iv; IIIii lines 1–203 to exit of King; ViFletcher Prologue; Iiii; IIi and ii; IIIi and ii 203–458 after exit of King; IVi and ii; V ii–v; EpilogueAnyway the play is so bad it basically destroyed the Globe Theatre I kid I kid Favorite Lines Heat not a furnace for your foe so hotThat it do singe yourself” Act 1 Scene 1 I have touched the highest point of all my greatness;And from that full meridian of my gloryI haste now to my setting I shall fallLike a bright exhalation in the eveningAnd no man see me ” Act 3 Scene 2 Press not a falling man too far” Act 3 Scene 2 “We all are men in our own natures frail and capable of our flesh; few are angels” Act 5 Scene 2Technically it was a canon shot during the play that caught the thatched roof on fire but give me a bit of poetic license here

  9. Inkspill Inkspill says:

    The core of the play is an allegory as England switches from Catholicism to Protestant Cranmer is on trial accused of practicing the Protestant religion he’s found guilty by a court who follows Catholicism but not for long Henry VIII steps in and overrules the verdict makes Cranmer a godfather to his newly born later to be ueen Elizabeth I and tells them all to be friends They do all is forgiven and it ends on happy note praising Elizabeth at her christening Whilst all this happening Shakespeare compacts historical that span decade starting with Wolsey’s falls Henry VIII divorcing Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn and England’s religion going through a major overhaul and ending on a happy Henry VIII to have a new daughterI found reading this enjoyable and helpful alongside Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and it was a bonus I understood it without too much difficulty probably down to having a vague sense of Tudor history Though the notes did come in handy like on page 213 where the line says “My noble gossips ” where I would not have realised ‘gossip’ means ‘godparents’ – I would have never guessed that This play is not factually accurate but the essay in this edition explains why It also explains how many critics thought Shakespeare wrote to be performed as part of the wedding celebrations of Princess Elizabeth the daughter of James I who succeeded the English throne after Elizabeth I In the text I am told through his reign people remembered Elizabeth I fondly This addition also come with illustrations and photos and in detail talks about performances of this play over the centuries on both sides of the Atlantic naming casts and summarising critical reception Overall whenever this play was performed it was well received but the essays go on to say it is rarely performed now I read this as a kindle but the formatting is a complete mess making it impossible to follow and hope OUP issue an update with corrections soon would be good so I had to get a paperback copy to follow it and after a while I got the hang of it Regardless the notes are very detailed perfect if you are bookish like me I could have also enjoyed reading a version without any notes and extras which surprises me the poetry the drama all came to together for me and I would definitely read this again

  10. Terence Terence says:

    Make no mistake Henry VIII is not a bad play It rates 2 stars only because it doesn't hold up against the 3 and 4 star ratings I've given other Shakespeare plays here on my shelvesThe biggest problem Henry VIII has is a lack of focus andor a central characterIn terms of focus we go from Katherine's divorce to Wolsey's downfall to Cranmer's rise to Elizabeth's baptism All in five acts There's too much here to adeuately develop in the scope of a single play; even in the hands of a master like the BardIn terms of characters there a several good potentials here Katherine and Wolsey standing out above all others Both get some good scenes and some good monologues like their confrontation in Act 3 scene 1 Katherine protests that she is a mere woman and Wolsey pretends to be her friend with only her best interests at heart Wolsey Noble lady I am sorry my integrity should breed and service to his majesty and you so deep suspicion where all faith was meant We come not by the way of accusation to taint that honour every good tongue blesses nor to betray you any way to sorrow you have too much good lady but to know how you stand minded in the weighty difference between the king and you and to deliver like free and honest men our just opinions and comforts to your causeKatherine aside To betray me My lords I thank you both for your good wills; ye speak like honest men pray God ye prove so But how to make ye suddenly an answer in such a point of weight so near mine honour near my life I fear with my weak wit and to such men of gravity and learning in truth I know not Alas I am a woman friendless hopeless And there's Wolsey's leave taking of Cromwell in scene 2 of that actThe overall effect of the play though is diluted and weak even if there are good parts to be found

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All Is True➹ [Reading] ➻ All Is True By William Shakespeare ➮ – Henry VIII is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher based on the life of Henry VIII of England An alternative title All is True is recor Henry VIII is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher based on the life of 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 Stylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes All Is Kindle - were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor John Fletcher It is also somewhat characteristic of the late romances in its structure It is noted for having stage directions than any of Shakespeare's other playsDuring a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre's thatched roof and the beams burning the original building to the ground.

About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised April was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre eminent dramatist He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays sonnets two long narrative poems and several other All Is Kindle - poems His plays have been tr.