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Too many think of Shakespeare’s “history” plays as history. This is a mistake. In truth, they are a setting for investigating human nature and raw power. His subjects are an infinite variety: metaphysical poet and incompetent King Richard II; dissolute and nascent great warrior king, Prince Hal; fat rogue, cowardly, lying, thieving, debauched, and perfect Sir John Falstaff; and England’s turbulent transformation from divine right rule through strongman authority to beloved charismatic king.
During our week together, we will read and discuss Richard II, Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Prior to the seminar, participants will view The Hollow Crown, a made-for-TV series based on the four plays. The videos will supplement our discussions of the scripts. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare or his plays is necessary. If you want to give the Bard a go, if you’ve not tasted the sweetness of his histories, this will be a safe and friendly environment in which to do so. If you’re a Shakespeare veteran, there will be plenty to engage your interest. I invite you to come and try on The Hollow Crown.
A special note from Gary:
“For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings.”
– Richard II, 3.2.160–161