Henry VI, Part 2 (Wars of the Roses #6)

by William Shakespeare

Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimelydeaths.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.67 out of 5
  • Published September 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
  • Original Title: The second Part of Henry the Sixt with the death of the Good Duke Humfrey
  • ISBN: 0671722670 (ISBN13: 9780671722678)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Wars of the Roses #6
  • Shakespeare's Minor Tetralogy #2
  • Henry VI #2
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  • Characters: Richard III of England
  • Henry VI of England
  • Edward IV of England
  • Margaret of Anjou
  • Richard Neville
  • 16th Earl of Warwick...more
  • Richard Plantagenet
  • 3rd Duke of York
  • William de la Pole
  • 1st Duke of Suffolk
  • Humphrey of Lancaster
  • 1st Duke of Gloucester
  • Henry Beaufort
  • Cardinal of Winchester
  • Edmund Beaufort
  • 2nd Duke of Somerset
  • John Clifford
  • 9th Baron de Clifford
  • Richard Neville
  • 5th Earl of Salisbury
  • Humphrey Stafford
  • 1st Earl of Devon
  • Humphrey Stafford
  • 1st Duke of Buckingham
  • John Beaufort
  • 1st Duke of Somerset
  • Thomas Clifford
  • 8th Baron de Clifford
  • Thomas Horner
  • Peter Thump
  • John Hum
  • John Southwell
  • Margery Jourdemayne
  • "the Witch of Eye"
  • Roger Bolingbroke
  • Asmath
  • Sander Simpcox
  • Mrs. Simpcox
  • Mayor of St Albans
  • Alderman of St Albans
  • A beadle of St Albans
  • Sheriff of London
  • Sir John Stanley
  • Walter Whitmore
  • Jack Cade
  • Dick the Butcher
  • Smith the Weaver
  • George Bevis
  • John Holland
  • Emmanuel – Clerk of Chatham
  • Sir William Stafford
  • James Fiennes
  • 1st Baron Saye and Sele
  • Thomas de Scales
  • 7th Baron Scales
  • Matthew Gough
  • Alexander Iden
  • Vaux
  • Humphrey Stafford
  • Earl of Stafford...less

Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord Protector of England and the most powerful man in the kingdom, who is murdered after his wife goes into exile.Next to meet a bad end is the Duke of Suffolk, the queen’s lover, who rules England through her. After Suffolk conspires with the cardinal of Winchester to kill Gloucester, he is banished and assassinated. The cardinal dies raving of his own guilt.Ultimately, the king’s weakness lies behind these events. Preferring spiritual contemplation, he has left others to contend for power. Now his liberty is at risk as Jack Cade, and then the Duke of York, rise against him. The play leaves us in suspense about Henry’s fate by ending with the start of the Wars of the Roses—a conflict setting the white rose of the Duke of York against the red rose of King Henry, of the House of Lancaster.The authoritative edition of Henry VI, Part 2 from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further readingEssay by Nina LevineThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.