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By: Kate | August 15, 2016

Declaring a love of Shakespeare has long been a shortcut to gaining cultural credibility. But any mug can fake a knowledge of Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet. How much more impressive it would be to casually opine "I think his Henriad tetralogy is divine!" 

 

The Henriad comprises four of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Part I and Part II, and Henry V. Henry V is well known and frequently produced, including Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film. This lavishly-produced series provides an opportunity to explore the other, lesser-known plays in the sequence (which is as close as Shakespeare fans get to the excitement of a 'new work').

 

Richard II was utterly convinced of his divine right to rule, which led to him behave like a b...

Category: Screen 

Tags: Shakespeare 

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