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Re: Richard in King John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0859.  Tuesday, 19 August 1997.

[1]     From:   James P. Saeger <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 1997 10:47:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0857  Q: King John

[2]     From:   Paul Silverman <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 1997 09:00:03 -0700
        Subj:   Re: King John

[3]     From:   Jan Powell <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Aug 1997 23:36:46 -0700
        Subj:   Re: Richard in King John


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From:           James P. Saeger <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 1997 10:47:36 -0400
Subject: 8.0857  Q: King John
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0857  Q: King John

>Is anyone aware of who the" Richard "is that is referred to twice in
>this play...(not the Lionhearted.. I am aware of those) but it seems as
>if the characters are saying "go tell Richard"

Philip Faulconbridge is knighted Richard Plantagenet at 1.1.162 and is
occasionally called Richard elsewhere in the play-perhaps the references
you mention are to him.  Hope this helps.

James Saeger

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From:           Paul Silverman <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 1997 09:00:03 -0700
Subject:        Re: King John

>Is anyone aware of who the" Richard "is that is referred to twice in
>this play...(not the Lionhearted.. I am aware of those) but it seems as
>if the characters are saying "go tell Richard"

Without the actual lines it's tough to tell, but the other "Richard"
probably refers to Philip the Bastard, who, when recognized as Richard
Coeur-de-Lion's son, is renamed "Richard."

I, i 169...

KING JOHN:

        From henceforth bear his name whose form thou bearest:
        Kneel thou down Philip, but rise more great,
        Arise Sir Richard and Plantagenet.

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From:           Jan Powell <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Aug 1997 23:36:46 -0700
Subject:        Re: Richard in King John

Virginia M. Byrne asks:

"Is anyone aware of who the 'Richard' is that is referred to twice in
this play...(not the Lionhearted.. I am aware of those) but it seems as
if the characters are saying 'go tell Richard'"

Philip the Bastard is occasionally called "Richard" in reference to his
father, Richard the Lionhearted.  Since Philip has been officially
accepted as the King's illegitimate son, calling him by his father's
name honors his royal descent, as well as providing a wistful echo of
the charismatic leadership now absent from the court.  But for the
unfortunate circumstances of his birth, Philip would be a brilliant
leader, certainly far superior to John.  The use of Richard's name for
his son who cannot rule intensifies the sense of yearning and
disappointment in the atmosphere of the play.  This surely rang true for
the Elizabethan audience, living in a rare time of relative peace and
prosperity, but without an heir apparent to the throne.

Jan Powell
Artistic Director
Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company
 

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