History Series / TheHollowCrown

23rd May '16 2:58:58 PM Sagetsu
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A second season, covering the ''Minor Tetralogy'' (the ''Theatre/HenryVI'' plays and ''Theatre/RichardIII'') subtitled "The War of the Roses" aired in 2016. The episodes were primarily headlined by Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Creator/SophieOkonedo as Margaret of Anjou, Tom Sturridge as King Henry VI, as Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as King Richard III and Creator/JudiDench as Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.

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A second season, covering the ''Minor Tetralogy'' (the ''Theatre/HenryVI'' plays and ''Theatre/RichardIII'') subtitled "The War of the Roses" aired in 2016. The episodes were primarily headlined by Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Creator/SophieOkonedo as Margaret of Anjou, Tom Sturridge as King Henry VI, as Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as King Richard III and Creator/JudiDench as Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.


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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Probably InUniverse, even. As we saw domestic life in the House of York, Duchess Cecily and her son Richard are nothing if a normal mother-and-son, Cecily even warmly handing Richard his cloak as he rides a horse. The brutality of war and loss (as well as Richard's complicity in most of them) probably embittered both of them against each other, such that when they finally confront each other at the tail-end of ''Theatre/RichardIII'', they can do nothing but snark and throw curses at each other.
23rd May '16 2:51:49 PM Sagetsu
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** Margaret of Anjou leading her husband's armies into battle might as well be an theatrical fantasy-fulfillment of what the historical Margaret of Anjou would have wanted to do (and tried doing, negatively affecting her reputation), ham-strung as she was by her gender and limited authority as queen consort.

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** Margaret of Anjou leading her husband's armies into battle might as well be an a theatrical fantasy-fulfillment of what the historical Margaret of Anjou would have wanted to do (and tried doing, negatively affecting her reputation), do, ham-strung as she was by her gender and limited authority as queen consort.
23rd May '16 2:51:10 PM Sagetsu
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* The red and white roses are blatantly invoked early into ''Henry VI Part 1'', and Henry VI's innocent favoring of the red rose pretty much stokes the Duke of York's resentment further.

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* ** The red and white roses are blatantly invoked early into ''Henry VI Part 1'', and Henry VI's innocent favoring of the red rose pretty much stokes the Duke of York's resentment further.
23rd May '16 2:48:45 PM Sagetsu
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* CatapultNightmare: Unsurprisingly, Richard III bolts up after he is haunted in his sleep with a shrill "Jesu!".


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** Humphrey of Gloucester takes the cake, however--as for someone who has served as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and OnlySaneMan at court, the bickerings brought about by Henry VI's marriage to Margaret of Anjou tips him over to SuddenlyShouting:
--> ''Lordings, farewell; and say, when I am gone,''
--> ''I prophesied France will be lost ere long!''
--> -- ''Henry VI Part 2'' I.1.152-153.


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* The red and white roses are blatantly invoked early into ''Henry VI Part 1'', and Henry VI's innocent favoring of the red rose pretty much stokes the Duke of York's resentment further.
** Margaret of Anjou leading her husband's armies into battle might as well be an theatrical fantasy-fulfillment of what the historical Margaret of Anjou would have wanted to do (and tried doing, negatively affecting her reputation), ham-strung as she was by her gender and limited authority as queen consort.
** At the Battle of Towton, Henry VI's armor is conspicuously designed to carry the coat of arms of England--and even invokes similarity to the armor worn by Creator/LaurenceOlivier and Creator/KennethBranagh in their respective adaptations of ''Theatre/HenryV''. That Henry VI utterly fails to do anything valiant wearing it highlights just how much of an InadequateInheritor he is to his father's mantle.
23rd May '16 2:17:18 PM Sagetsu
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A second season, covering the ''Minor Tetralogy'' (the ''Theatre/HenryVI'' plays and ''Theatre/RichardIII'') subtitled "The War of the Roses" aired in 2016. The episodes were primarily headlined by Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Creator/SophieOkonedo as Margaret of Anjou, Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as Richard III and Creator/JudiDench as Narrator and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.

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A second season, covering the ''Minor Tetralogy'' (the ''Theatre/HenryVI'' plays and ''Theatre/RichardIII'') subtitled "The War of the Roses" aired in 2016. The episodes were primarily headlined by Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Creator/SophieOkonedo as Margaret of Anjou, Tom Sturridge as King Henry VI, as Creator/BenedictCumberbatch as King Richard III and Creator/JudiDench as Narrator and as Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Richard III is finished off by Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond in this fashion.



** The most stark exhibition of it, of course, would be Richard's nightmare where is haunted by the ghosts of all he killed (Henry VI, George of Clarence, the Duke of Buckingham, Queen Anne Neville, Rivers and Gray, and the Princes in the Tower). That the still-living Margaret of Anjou appears as his "tour guide from hell" doesn't help.

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** The most stark exhibition of it, of course, would be Richard's Richard III's nightmare where is haunted by the ghosts of all he killed (Henry VI, George of Clarence, the Duke of Buckingham, Queen Anne Neville, Rivers and Gray, and the Princes in the Tower). That the still-living Margaret of Anjou appears as his "tour guide from hell" doesn't help.



** The bitterest instigators of the Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York and the Duke of Somerset, also had their turns in losing their heads: the former at St. Albans, the latter in an ambush at Wakefield.

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** The bitterest instigators of the Wars of the Roses, the Duke of York Somerset and the Duke of Somerset, York, also had their turns in losing their heads: the former at St. Albans, the latter in an ambush at Wakefield.his home.
** The heads of Richard III's enemies begin to roll in the middle part as he inches closer to the throne: [[spoiler: Rivers and Grey, Hastings, and finally Buckingham]].


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* RuleOfSymbolism:
** Related to LooksLikeJesus above, the image of {{Main/Jesus}} (sometimes his pure identity, sometimes his "Christ the King" iconography) is best invoked by kings to assert their authority (or at least their closeness to him in spirit). Richard II (in riding a donkey to his deposition) and Henry VI (as a mendicant) invokes this best, although only the latter could be categorically justified as such.
** In Richard III's nightmare where he is haunted by his victims, a roasted pig's head is decked out on the table while the ghost of Buckingham waits for him. The boar is Richard's personal sigil.


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* TheVoiceless: Elizabeth of York[[note]]Richard III's niece whom he plans to marry, and who later becomes Henry Tudor's queen[[/note]] appears across ''Richard III'', but is never given a speaking role. Still, considering she is normally TheGhost in most stagings of this play, it's technically a step up.
23rd May '16 1:53:51 PM Sagetsu
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Across the series, some characters soliloquize on their complicity in a crime. Only a few have actually crossed the MoralEventHorizon.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Across the series, some characters soliloquize on their complicity in a crime.crime, and how it has marked them for retribution. Only a few have actually crossed the MoralEventHorizon.



** Margaret of Anjou definitely crossed it when she oversaw the execution of Richard of York, gleefully stuffing a handkerchief with his son Edmund's blood on his mouth before chopping off his head. Afterwards, [[LaserGuidedKarma her fate may seem as warranted]] instead of tragic.

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** Margaret George of Anjou definitely crossed it when she oversaw Clarence remembers his sins and contributions to the execution Wars (especially his killing of the Duke of Exeter) at Tewkesbury while he is imprisoned, and seems to begin regretting his actions. Shame that it was at that point that Richard of York, gleefully stuffing a handkerchief with Gloucester's assassins turn up for him.
** Edward IV's last lines alive exhibit
his son Edmund's blood on shock and despair at failing to prevent George of Clarence's execution. His being sickly pale only adds to his mouth before chopping off his head. Afterwards, [[LaserGuidedKarma her fate may seem as warranted]] instead of tragic.pathos and fear.



* NeverMyFault: By this point a broken, haggard woman, Margaret of Anjou in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' still seems oblivious towards her own complicity in her downfall and curses the entire House of York for her misfortune. It's probably only at the very last scene, where she stands at the aftermath of the carnage at Bosworth, [[WasItReallyWorthIt that she begins to see the futility of it]].

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* NeverMyFault: By this point a broken, haggard woman, Margaret of Anjou in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' still seems oblivious towards her own complicity in her downfall and curses the entire House of York for her misfortune.misfortune[[note]]forgetting she definitely crossed the MoralEventHorizon when she oversaw the execution of Richard of York, gleefully stuffing a handkerchief with his son Edmund's blood on his mouth before chopping off his head[[/note]]. It's probably only at the very last scene, where she stands at the aftermath of the carnage at Bosworth, [[WasItReallyWorthIt that she begins to see the futility of it]].
23rd May '16 1:48:02 PM Sagetsu
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** This is also one of the few major productions where the Earl of Richmond/the future [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor Henry VII]] actually goes one-on-one with Richard and overpowering him, instead of Richard being ZergRush-ed by his opponents to death.



* BittersweetEnding: While in most cases the death of Richard III at Bosworth is presented as a glorious happy ending on stage, ''The Hollow Crown'' takes it as another sad, tiring event akin to the victories in ''Henry V''--[[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife with the loss of life overwhelming any potential victory that have been achieved]]. The coronation of Henry VII becomes more poignant and somber after it was immediately followed by the mass graves at Bosworth.



* NeverMyFault: By this point a broken, haggard woman, Margaret of Anjou in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' still seems oblivious towards her own complicity in her downfall and curses the entire House of York for her misfortune. It's probably only at the very last scene, where she stands at the aftermath of the carnage at Bosworth, [[WasItWorthIt that she sees the futility of it]].

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* NeverMyFault: By this point a broken, haggard woman, Margaret of Anjou in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' still seems oblivious towards her own complicity in her downfall and curses the entire House of York for her misfortune. It's probably only at the very last scene, where she stands at the aftermath of the carnage at Bosworth, [[WasItWorthIt [[WasItReallyWorthIt that she sees begins to see the futility of it]].
23rd May '16 1:38:32 PM Sagetsu
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* MoralEventHorizon: Across the series, some characters always soliloquize on the possible fear that they may cross this. Only a few actually do, however.

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* MoralEventHorizon: MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Across the series, some characters always soliloquize on the possible fear that they may cross this. their complicity in a crime. Only a few have actually do, however.crossed the MoralEventHorizon.


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* NeverMyFault: By this point a broken, haggard woman, Margaret of Anjou in ''Theatre/RichardIII'' still seems oblivious towards her own complicity in her downfall and curses the entire House of York for her misfortune. It's probably only at the very last scene, where she stands at the aftermath of the carnage at Bosworth, [[WasItWorthIt that she sees the futility of it]].
23rd May '16 1:34:24 PM Sagetsu
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23rd May '16 1:33:47 PM Sagetsu
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** The Duke of Suffolk still exists as a separate character (despite most of his roles taken by Somerset). He has, however, been made Young Clifford's father--and his death at St. Albans drives the young man to vengeance.


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* MoralEventHorizon: Across the series, some characters always soliloquize on the possible fear that they may cross this. Only a few actually do, however.
** Henry Bolingbroke / Henry IV seems to see his unwitting role in ordering Richard II's execution as this.
** Richard, Duke of York, despite raining insults on Joan of Arc, does seem eventually disturbed after seeing her consumed by flames. It doesn't, however, come up again when he himself is at the mercy of the Lancastrians.
** Margaret of Anjou definitely crossed it when she oversaw the execution of Richard of York, gleefully stuffing a handkerchief with his son Edmund's blood on his mouth before chopping off his head. Afterwards, [[LaserGuidedKarma her fate may seem as warranted]] instead of tragic.
** The most stark exhibition of it, of course, would be Richard's nightmare where is haunted by the ghosts of all he killed (Henry VI, George of Clarence, the Duke of Buckingham, Queen Anne Neville, Rivers and Gray, and the Princes in the Tower). That the still-living Margaret of Anjou appears as his "tour guide from hell" doesn't help.


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** And then the last scene of the ''Theatre/RichardIII'' episode tops this up with less gore and more scale, with Margaret of Anjou listlessly looking towards heaven while the camera zooms out of Bosworth Field, highlighting the hundreds of dead this last battle of the Wars of the Roses wrought.
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