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“For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground /And tell sad stories about the death of kings.”

Richard II Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Three:  Returning to face the emergency from Ireland, Richard faces an impossible situation:  his army has been dispersed, three of his closest friends have been executed by Bolingbroke, and … Continue reading

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“What dies with John of Gaunt? Nothing less than a vision of the world.”

Richard II Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————- As I was re-reading Act Two of Richard II last night, I was struck by the bitterness in the exchange between the dying John of Gaunt, Ill in myself to … Continue reading

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“This happy little breed of men, this little world,/This precious stone set in the silver sea,/Which serves it in the office of a wall,/Or as the moat defensive to a house /Against the envy of less happier lands;/This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…”

Richard II Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Two:  Joined by the Duke of York, the dying Gaunt bemoans the state of the country, which is struggling under Richard’s increasingly unpopular rule – a point that Gaunt … Continue reading

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“We were not born to sue, but to command;”

Richard II Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————- MAJOR CHARACTERS KING RICHARD II of England Queen Isabel, Richard’s wife John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Richard’s Uncle Harry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, Gaunt’s son (later King Henry IV) Duchess of … Continue reading

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