The First Part of King Henry IV

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This updated edition offers a strongly theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeares First Part of King Henry IV and the history of its interpretation. The introduction clarifies the plays surprising, de-centred dramatic structure, questioning the dominant assumption that the drama focuses on the education of Prince Hal. It calls attention to the effects of civil war upon a broad range of relationships. Falstaffs unpredictable vitality is explored, together with important contemporary values of honour, friendship, festivity and reformation. Extensive lexical glosses of obscure, ambiguous or archaic meanings make the rich wordplay accessible. The notes also provide a thorough commentary on Shakespeares transformation of his sources (particularly Holinsheds Chronicles) and suggest alternative stagings. This updated edition contains a new introductory section by Katharine A. Craik, which describes recent stage, film and critical interpretations, and an updated reading list.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviations and conventionsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Reputationp. 1
Datep. 4
The design of the playp. 7
Transforming the sourcesp. 19
The appeal of Falstaff and the contexts of interpretationp. 28
Stage historyp. 41
Recent stage, film and critical interpretationsp. 62
Note on the textp. 80
List of charactersp. 84
The Playp. 87
Textual analysisp. 219
Shakespeare and Holinshedp. 231
Reading listp. 234
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