Shakespeare"s play of King John
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Shakespeare"s play of King John by William Shakespeare

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Written in English



  • Great Britain


  • John, King of England, 1167-1216 -- Drama,
  • Great Britain -- History -- John, 1199-1216 -- Drama

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Edition Notes

Statementarranged for representation at the Princess"s Theatre, with historical and explanatory notes, by Charles Kean ; as performed on Monday, October 18th, 1858.
ContributionsKean, Charles John, 1811?-1868., John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress)
LC ClassificationsPR2818.A2 K35 1858
The Physical Object
Pagination83 p. ;
Number of Pages83
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL574031M
LC Control Number96160965

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King John King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled ), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mids but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in King John is one of Shakespeare's least popular plays--unjustly! The play is almost entirely in grand, stately verse, featuring a political struggle intricate and sometimes difficult to follow, and starring a fairly complex though ill-fated villain, the failed King John of England/5(23). King John: plot summary. The play begins with King John speaking with Chatillon, an ambassador from France. On behalf of France, Chatillon maintains that the King’s nephew, Arthur, rather than John, has the lawful claim to the English throne and its territories, and threatens John that if he does not step aside and give Arthur the crown, bloody war between France and England will ensue. Here is a brief King John summary: King John has been betrayed by his nephew, Arthur, who is conducting a rebellion backed by the French King. The King of France demands that he surrender his throne but, instead, John sends a force against him under Philip Faulconbridge.

King John is a play by William Shakespeare that was first published in Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and Analysis. The events in King John take place in the 13th century, well before Shakespeare’s other English history plays. After the death of John's brother, Richard I, John rules England. John's young nephew, Arthur, has a claim to the throne and is supported by the French. At first, a proposed marriage between the French crown prince and John's niece.   The Life and Death of King John by William SHAKESPEARE The Life and Death of King John William SHAKESPEARE ( - ) The Life and Death of King John, a h. King John, in full The Life and Death of King John, chronicle play in five acts by William Shakespeare, written perhaps in –96 and published in the First Folio of from an authorial manuscript that may have been copied and supplied with some theatrical touches. The source of the play was a two-part drama generally known as The Troublesome Raigne of John King of England.

Infoplease knows the value of having sources you can trust. Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with facts. The authoritative edition of King John from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers. Like most of Shakespeare’s history plays, King John presents a struggle for the English crown. The struggle this time, however, is strikingly cold-blooded and brutal/5(6). A messenger from France arrives in the English court, demanding that King John abdicate his throne in favor of his nephew Arthur. The messenger speaks for King Philip of France, who supports Arthur's claim as the rightful heir to the throne; when John refuses to step down, France threatens war. King Philip of France threatens war if the tyrannical King John of England won’t abdicate his throne. In this history play, Shakespeare explores themes of inheritance in the figure of Philip the Bastard (illegitimate son of the late King Richard); medieval women’s (albeit limited) political influence in the characters of Eleanor and Constance; and double-dealing through Hubert’s.