History Theatre / TheLionInWinter

19th Mar '16 3:36:51 PM bombadilla
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* OffingTheOffspring: Subverted. Henry sentences his sons to be executed for treason, but finds he can't do it. DoubleSubverted in the back story that he already killed the eldest son for his Treason.

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* OffingTheOffspring: Subverted. Henry sentences his sons to be executed for treason, but finds he can't do it. DoubleSubverted in the back story that he already killed the eldest son for his Treason.
29th Feb '16 2:58:42 PM feyhunde
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* OffingTheOffspring: Subverted. Henry sentences his sons to be executed for treason, but finds he can't do it.

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* OffingTheOffspring: Subverted. Henry sentences his sons to be executed for treason, but finds he can't do it. DoubleSubverted in the back story that he already killed the eldest son for his Treason.



* SuccessionCrisis: Primogeniture was not the law in 1183, and Henry is worried that his sons might fight a civil war after he dies. It doesn't help that the parents can't agree about which son should inherit: Henry prefers John while Eleanor prefers Richard. Making it worse is Henry's idea of having ''more'' children with Alais.

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* SuccessionCrisis: Primogeniture was not the law in 1183, and Henry is worried that his sons might fight a civil war after he dies. It doesn't help that the parents can't agree about which son should inherit: Henry prefers John while Eleanor prefers Richard. Making it worse is Henry's idea of having ''more'' children with Alais. Even worse is Aquitaine has different rules than England. The muddled mess will result in the Hundred Years War and the War of the Barons when John remains in charge.
5th Jan '16 3:10:33 PM eowynjedi
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Marshal,_1st_Earl_of_Pembroke William Marshal]] is a real person who acts as the understated NumberTwo for Henry and later Eleanor. What else did he do? Well, he was eulogized as "the greatest knight who ever lived" for a start.
28th Dec '15 10:27:25 AM eowynjedi
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The narrative itself condenses years of bloody conflict into an interpersonal struggle over a day or two.
** Christmas trees first appeared in Germany in the 1500s.



* CheshireCatGrin: Eleanor.

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* CheshireCatGrin: Eleanor.Eleanor grins throughout every scene, no matter how barbed her words.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Geoffrey, even more than the others.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Geoffrey, even more than the others. He promises to hitch his cart to whomever looks like winning at that particular moment.



* DefiantToTheEnd: "When the fall is all there is, it matters."

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* DefiantToTheEnd: DefiantToTheEnd:
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"When the fall is all there is, it matters."



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: when it's Eleanor of Aquitaine, a Real-Life ChessMaster and trouble-maker...

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: when When it's Eleanor of Aquitaine, a Real-Life ChessMaster and trouble-maker...



* HeroicBSOD: Henry flips his lid when Philip reveals that ''all'' of his sons have betrayed him. After huddling under a rampart, he wakes up everyone in the castle by kicking and screaming at them.
* HeirClubForMen: Mentioned when Eleanor talks about her previous marriage to Louis VII, which produced only daughters, but not a significant part of the plot. Henry seems to take it as read that he and Alais will have a son, though.



* JacobAndEsau
* TheLancer: William Marshal

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* JacobAndEsau
JacobAndEsau: Henry is trying to get John on the throne and Eleanor wants Richard to have it. (What about Geoffery, you may ask. What ''about'' him?)
* TheLancer: William MarshalMarshal, who did serve Eleanor and then the Plantagenets for most of his life.



* ManipulativeBastard: Henry, Philip, and Geoffrey
* ManipulativeBitch: Eleanor.

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* ManBehindTheMan: Geoffery wants to be the chancellor (since nobody's considering him in the tussle over the actual throne). Though it would be easier to be the true power with John as a king, he still wants the position if Richard wins out.
* ManipulativeBastard: Henry, Philip, Geoffery, and Geoffrey
* ManipulativeBitch: Eleanor.
Eleanor are the most flagrantly manipulative. As Henry says, it's the only way to be alive, fifty, and a king all at once. As for Eleanor...



* MyBelovedSmother

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* MyBelovedSmotherMyBelovedSmother: Richard thinks of Eleanor this way. He's her favorite child, and she's trying to get at ''least'' the Aquitaine for him.



* OminousLatinChanting: Used liberally at the beginning of the film. It reappears at the climax when Henry sentences his sons to death.



* SarcasticClapping
* SeenItAll: Henry II is so old he's got ten years on the Pope, and uses those years of experience in dealing with Philip.

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* SarcasticClapping
SarcasticClapping: Henry starts with a SlowClap as Eleanor claims to concede and says he can have it all, increasing in speed and volume as she grows more despairing.
* SeenItAll: SeenItAll:
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Henry II is so old he's got ten years on the Pope, and uses those years of experience in dealing with Philip.



* WarriorPrince: Richard.

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* WarriorPrince: Richard. He's first seen victorious in a tournament, prepared to strike his opponent dead.
11th Dec '15 10:38:38 AM nanshe
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* HotBlooded: Henry and Richard, which both most historical accounts is definitely TruthInTelevision.

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* HotBlooded: Henry and Richard, which both based on most historical accounts accounts, is definitely ''definitely'' TruthInTelevision.
11th Dec '15 10:36:26 AM nanshe
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* HotBlooded: Henry and Richard, which both most historical accounts is definitely TruthInTelevision.


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* OnlySaneMan: William Marshal, Henry's right-hand man. Despite his small role, he manages to convince [[HotBlooded Richard]] to come along quietly.
11th Dec '15 10:21:41 AM nanshe
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In front of her sons, Eleanor confesses to having loved their father.

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In front of her sons, Eleanor confesses to having loved their that she loved--and still loves--their father.
11th Dec '15 10:20:22 AM nanshe
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* ArrangedMarriage: Princess Alais and Richard, to fulfill an old bargain between Henry and Philip. Richard refuses to go through with it if it means giving up the Aquitaine.

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In front of her sons, Eleanor confesses to having loved their father.
* ArrangedMarriage: Princess Alais and Richard, to fulfill an old bargain between Henry and Philip.Philip's father. Richard refuses to go through with it if it means giving up the Aquitaine.


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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Eleanor baulks when [[spoiler:Geoffrey and Richard suggest secretly killing Henry.]]
11th Dec '15 7:02:53 AM nanshe
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* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Eleanor shows signs of it, though she's reluctant to admit it.
11th Dec '15 6:58:10 AM nanshe
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* TheHighQueen: Henry describes Eleanor as such, when they first met:
--> '''Henry:''' He [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage married out of love]], a woman out of legend. Not in Alexandria, or Rome, or Camelot has there been such a queen.
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