History Theatre / HenryVIII

18th Nov '14 5:44:58 AM Patachou
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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII UsefulNotes/HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.
3rd Oct '14 3:31:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to AnneBoleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to AnneBoleyn UsefulNotes/AnneBoleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.
5th Sep '14 2:59:14 PM frozen
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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn AnneBoleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.
2nd Sep '14 12:33:13 PM frozen
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The play is thought to have first been performed privately as part of the celebrations surrounding the marriage of James I's daughter Elizabeth to Frederick, Elector Palatine.[[note]]Elizabeth's grandson eventually succeeded to the British throne as George I.[[/note]] Its first public performance in a June 1613 led to the Globe Theatre burning down. Notwithstanding the disaster, ''Henry [=VIII=]'' was one of the few Shakespearean plays to retain its popularity after the Restoration and into the 18th and 19th centuries. The great Georgian actress Sarah Siddons considered the role of Queen Katherine to be Shakespeare's finest female part.

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The play is thought to have first been performed privately as part of the celebrations surrounding the marriage of James I's daughter Elizabeth to Frederick, Elector Palatine.[[note]]Elizabeth's grandson eventually succeeded to the British throne as George I.[[/note]] Its first public performance in a June 1613 led to the Globe Theatre burning down. Notwithstanding the disaster, ''Henry [=VIII=]'' was one of the few Shakespearean plays to retain its popularity after the Restoration and into the 18th and 19th centuries. The great Georgian actress Sarah Siddons considered the role of Queen Katherine to be Shakespeare's finest female part.
2nd Sep '14 12:32:50 PM frozen
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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Elizabeth's birth is the happy ending of this play, with everyone talking about how wonderful it will be when she's queen (oddly, evidence is racking up that this was written during ''James's'' reign). Never mind that, at the time of her birth, there was no reason to believe that Elizabeth would ever become queen; indeed, the fact that Henry and Katherine already ''had'' a daughter is carefully omitted.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Elizabeth's birth is the happy ending of this play, with everyone talking about how wonderful it will be when she's queen (oddly, evidence is racking up that this was written during ''James's'' reign). queen. Never mind that, at the time of her birth, there was no reason to believe that Elizabeth would ever become queen; indeed, the fact that Henry and Katherine already ''had'' a daughter is carefully omitted.omitted.
** The play was written (or at least first performed) in honour of the marriage of James's daughter, also named Elizabeth. It's probably not a bad bet that the praise was meant as much for her as for Queen Bess.
2nd Sep '14 12:27:03 PM frozen
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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I. In real life these events occurred over a 13-year period; here they happen within (at most) a few months' time.

The play is thought to have first been performed privately as part of the celebrations surrounding the marriage of James I's daughter Elizabeth to Frederick, Elector Palatine.[[note]]Elizabeth's grandson eventually succeeded to the British throne as George I.[[/note]] Its first public performance in a June 1613 led to the Globe Theatre burning down. Notwithstanding the disaster, ''Henry [=VIII=]'' was one of the few Shakespearean plays to retain its popularity after the Restoration and into the 18th and 19th centuries. The great Georgian actress Sarah Siddons considered the role of Queen Katherine to be Shakespeare's finest female part.



** Anne Boleyn (spelled here "Bullen") is also hardly more than an extra. One suspects that faced with choosing between the Protestant saint beloved by a fervent minority or the whore sneered at by most, the writers wisely shifted her into the background.

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** Anne Boleyn (spelled here "Bullen") is also hardly more than an extra. One extra; she and Queen Katherine never meet.[[note]]One suspects that faced with choosing between the Protestant saint beloved by a fervent minority or the whore sneered at by most, the writers wisely shifted her into the background.background. [[/note]]


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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Cardinal Campeggio is "Campeius" here, while Ambassador Chapuys is "Caputius".
1st Sep '14 10:53:43 AM frozen
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* OffWithHisHead!: So much for Buckingham.

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* OffWithHisHead!: OffWithHisHead: So much for Buckingham.
1st Sep '14 10:53:26 AM frozen
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''Henry VIII'' is a play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth. While most other works about the English reformation present Anne in a tragic light this play ends with the birth of their daughter and doesn't cover the circumstances of Anne's execution or Henry's other four wives. The play is not as widely performed as most of Shakespeare's other works.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play co-written by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Creator/WilliamShakespeare and John Fletcher. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on his divorce from the machinations of Cardinal Wolsey surrounding both the trial and execution of the Duke of Buckingham and the annulment of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon, his Aragon. It ends with Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn, Boleyn and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth. While most other works about the English reformation present Anne in a tragic light this play ends with the birth of their daughter and doesn't cover the circumstances of Anne's execution or Henry's other four wives. The play is not as widely performed as most of Shakespeare's other works.Elizabeth I.



** Anne Boleyn (spelled here "Bullen") is also hardly more than an extra. One suspects that faced with choosing between the Protestant saint beloved by a fervent minority or the whore sneered at by most, the writers wisely shifted her into the background.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Henry. Everything bad that happens is Wolsey's fault; Henry is a poor, misunderstood Nice Guy.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Wolsey, of course.



* OffWithHisHead!: So much for Buckingham.



* WrittenByTheWinners: Shakespeare often included propaganda on his "historical plays" to please the royal family.

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* TruthInTelevision: Queen Katherine's speech is taken directly from the historical record.
* WrittenByTheWinners: Shakespeare is often included propaganda on accused of adding "propaganda" into his "historical plays" historical plays to please the royal family.family. In reality, the "propaganda" was one remove away; there were no historical reference books in existence that hadn't already been censored to please the royals. Also, although popular opinion had a lot to say about Henry, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth that the writers might have used, there was still so much controversy about Henry's reign even among the public that they might have made a conscious choice to toe the party line.
24th Jun '14 9:31:21 PM jsonitsac
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''Henry VIII'' is a play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth.

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''Henry VIII'' is a play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. It tells the story of King HenryVIII of England, focusing on his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and the subsequent birth of the future Queen Elizabeth. While most other works about the English reformation present Anne in a tragic light this play ends with the birth of their daughter and doesn't cover the circumstances of Anne's execution or Henry's other four wives. The play is not as widely performed as most of Shakespeare's other works.


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* BabiesEverAfter: The play ends with the baptism of Princess Elizabeth. Of course it seems to imply that everything works out just great for Anne and Henry.


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* CoversAlwaysLie: The subtitle for this play is "All is True."
* DemotedToExtra: There is a passing reference to Elizabeth's older half-sister Princess Mary but she is not really a character in the play.
25th Mar '13 3:00:23 PM Ghost101
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