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In Henry VIII, Shakespeare presents a monarchy in crisis Noblemen battle with Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey, who taxes the people to the point of rebellion Witnesses whom Wolsey brings against the Duke of Buckingham claim he is conspiring to take the throne, yet Buckingham seems innocent as he goes to his death Henry is also without a male heir After meeting the beautiful Anne Bullen, he says that he suspects his current marriage to Katherine, with whom he has one surviving daughter, is invalid Katherine, meanwhile, glows with such splendid integrity that actresses have long desired the role She advocates for the people, suspects the witnesses against Buckingham, and eloquently defends her conduct as Henrys wife The authoritative edition of Henry VIII from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the plays famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeares language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Librarys vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Barbara A Mowat The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the worlds largest collection of Shakespeares printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information, visit

Title : Henry VIII (Folger Shakespeare Library)
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ISBN : 0743273303
Format Type : Massmarketpaperback
Language : English
Publisher : Simon Schuster February 6, 2007
Number of Pages : 352 pages
File Size : 983 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Henry VIII (Folger Shakespeare Library) Reviews

  • Tuckerby
    2019-01-28 11:42

    The problem with reading an academic book published in 1902 is wondering how much of it has been superseded in the last 114 years.

  • Sly
    2019-01-27 09:24

    This is not a story book, it is a most excellent research book for OCD researchers giving us the source for every incident.

  • Oscar E
    2019-02-16 11:39

    If you are interested in English history and the monarchies of the past, this Is a very insightful and well researched history of Henry the VIII and the England he created. It delves into the intrigues of his reign and the dealings that he had with, Europe and with the papal supremacy of the time. A must read for history buffs.

  • James Yanni
    2019-02-08 13:36

    The Folger Library Edition, as usual, is a fine edition. The play, "Henry VIII", however, is far from one of the most interesting of Shakespeare's plays; it is not terribly interesting, but it IS terribly un-historical. Clearly, it accomplished what it set out to accomplish, which was to curry favor with Queen Elizabeth I, whose birth is described at the end of the play as if it were almost Messianical, and whose father (the title character) is portrayed throughout the play in the kindest light I have ever seen him portrayed. There is no hint of the drunken glutton, only just the slightest hint of his capriciousness and womanizing, and no mention of the fact that after disowning and divorcing his first wife for Elizabeth's mother, he then went on to divorce and execute her mother, and divorce one other wife and execute another. He is portrayed throughout the play as an honorable man and a good king, even if there is just a hint that his divorce of Katherine for Anne may not have been for quite as high-minded a reason as he claimed. I find this whitewashing of Henry VIII to be rather unappetizing, even if I understand perfectly the reason for it.

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-02-04 07:25

    Henry VIII by Albert Frederick Pollard is a fascinating book. If you love history, it is important to read this book. Henry VIII totally changed England. I highly recommend this book.

  • Cynthia
    2019-01-29 08:22

    A friend recommended the Arkangel recordings of Shakespeare's play and this was The first one I tried as it was the play my children and I were reading at the time. Since this isn't one of Shakespeare's better known plays the recording brought it alive for us and was a great way to gauge the quality of the Arkangel productions. Highly recommended.

  • Richard Evans Lee
    2019-02-16 11:39

    Still well worth reading. Pollard's balanced and nuanced scholarly and readable treatment of Herny VIII and his era is a fine correction to the simple-mind and romantic tosh that is currently published about Tudor England.

  • Mary M
    2019-02-22 10:34

    Henry VIII is definitely a larger than life character. Reading different biographies of him is interesting because each author puts the accent on different aspects of his personality. It was an interesting and easy read.