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The Essex Rebellion and Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0555  Friday, 27 February 2004

From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Feb 2004 09:30:06 -0500
Subject: 15.0551 The Essex Rebellion and Richard II
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0551 The Essex Rebellion and Richard II

Perhaps (and it may be that I'm influenced by being about to finish
Philip Gooden's second "Shakespeare" histmyst featuring Nick Revill,
_The Death of Kings_, which centers on just this issue) there are two
factions speaking of the same play from their own political/apolitical
perspectives?

That is, the Essex camp sees it as the play of Henry IV because they see
it as signaling the ascent of Essex (Bolingbroke) to the throne, while
the players see it as their company's dusty old play about the
deposition and execution of Ricard II.

Mari Bonomi

PS The Harry Turtledove alternate history version of this story, _Ruled
Britannia_, is also a fun read.  I must say though (albeit off this
topic!) of all the "Shakespeare" fiction I've read, Grace Tiffany's _My
Father Had a Daughter_ is by far my favorite, with Faye Kellerman's _The
Quality of Mercy_ a close second.

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