Commentaries of the Historical Plays of Shakspeare Volume 1

Commentaries of the Historical Plays of Shakspeare Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...I by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live! P. Henry. My gracious liege, You won it, wore it, kept it, gave it me; Then plain and right must my possession be; Which I, with more than with a common, 'Gainst all the world will rightfully maintain." No one of the contemporary historians has this story of the crown. Elmham describes the deathbed of Henry with incidents entirely different. The prince took the sacrament with his father, who blessed him after the manner of the patriarchs. The oldest version of it is in the French chronicle of Monstrelet, who wrote within a few years of the event, though, if alive at the time, he was very young. Monstrelet prefaces his account with a remark which his English chroniclers neglect, and of which Tyler has not availed himself. " It was the custom in that country, whenever the king was ill, to place the royal crown on a cushion beside his bed, and for his successor to take it on his death."' The prince, being informed by the attendants that the king was dead, took the crown as a matter of course; and his reviving father did not so much reprove him for his precipitancy as remind him that he had no right to the crown, because 'the father himself had none. The story is told not as against the son, but as exhibiting the father's consciousness of his usurpation. The cause of Richard, whose infant wife was a daughter of France, was always popular in that country. I am not aware that any such custom is mentioned by an English antiquary. The Frenchman may have drawn upon his imagination for the rest of the story as well as for this. But I admit the case to be one of those in which the story itself, and the invention of it more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940431
  • 9781236940438