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King Henry IV, Part 1 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

William Shakespeare

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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The classic Shakespearean history.

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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004TPTEUO
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Serviceable 24 janvier 2012
Par Prof Wombat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a bare bones text, with no commentary or study aids. For those familiar with Shakespeare's works, this is fine for a refresher, or to follow along in a play or movie. Inexperienced readers would be advised to stick to the standards such as Henry IV, Part I (Folger Shakespeare Library). On that basis I'd give it a three, but hey, it's a free download, and it's a great play. If you haven't seen it performed, then it will boot thee to see BBC Shakespeare Histories (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Richard II, Richard III). Sir Anthony Quayle is a superb Falstaff.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shakespeare's clinic on leadership 2 août 2014
Par Ricardo Mio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Was William Shakespeare trying to tell us something? On the surface, 1 Henry IV is about civil war, with an array of memorable characters who live, breathe, and speak in verse, as only the Bard could imagine them. However, you soon realize there is more going on than at first meets the eye. Shakespeare is showing us how some leaders succeed while others fail. 1 Henry IV is nothing less than Shakespeare's clinic on leadership.

First there's Henry IV, who deposed Richard II and now faces opposition to his legitimacy as England's king. Henry is an able administrator but perhaps not a great leader. He gets by. Faced with civil war, he's distracted by small issues, such as his son Prince Hal, who's spending most of his time in an Eastcheap tavern. Hal promises his father he will reform . . . when he's ready. In one memorable scene, King Henry wishes his son had somehow been switched at birth with brave Harry Percy. Harry Percy, also known as Hotspur, is fearless and idealistic, a man of action and not words. He's also a hothead and leader of the rebel faction. Hotspur knows everything about leading an army into battle and nothing about the politics of running a kingdom.

Then there's the Fat Knight, Sir John Falstaff. War and politics do not interest Falstaff in the slightest, other than as fodder for his litany of jokes. Unlike Hotspur, Falstaff (one of Shakespeare's great comic inventions) is a master of wordplay and punning, and an inveterate lover of wine, women and song. Falstaff has no means of support other than his sharp wit. Indeed, words are his capital. They pay for his food and drink and lodging, and get him out of jams.

Finally, there's Prince Hal, the next in line to be crowned king of England. Hal's ambition is little more than drinking and trading puns with Falstaff at the Boar's Head Tavern. In act I, Shakespeare shows us that Hal has exceeded Falstaff as the master of wordplay. With civil war pending, Hal returns to the court of King Henry, convinces his father he has reformed, and prepares to lead the English army into battle against Hotspur and the Scottish and Welsh rebels.

When the scene shifts back to Hotspur, we learn the result of his idealism. He sees the world in terms of black and white, of good and evil, and therefore lacks political savvy. It's a fault that leads to his death, as his co-partners in rebellion manipulate his lust for honor in order to refuse King Henry IV's offer of a truce. Ultimately, Hotspur is the tragic figure, caught in the trap of his own idealism.

At the other extreme is Falstaff, who is asked to head up a battalion (he is a knight afterall--Sir John Falstaff). His consuming interest is staying alive, and making money on the side. Rather than hire a first-class outfit as expected, he recruits the dregs of society and pockets the money that's intended as their pay. As he puts it, his ragtag battalion is mere "fodder for bullets" and won't live long enough to spend it. He dismisses talk of honor. "Can honor set to a leg? No. Can honor mend a wound? No. What is honor? Air. Therefore I'll none of it." When confronted in battle, Falstaff falls down and plays dead. For all his impropriety, Falstaff proves to be more politically astute than Hotspur: able to bluff, to bide his time, and ultimately to survive.

After the battle, Prince Hal is a hero and the toast of England, primed to be the next king. What is Shakespeare telling us? Mainly this: Hal's wasted years in the tavern taught him well the art of rhetoric and verbal give-and-take, thus making his transition to the court smooth and effortless. Indeed, it is to Falstaff, the actor and liar, to whom Hal is most indebted, as the world of the court is one where power belongs to those best able to improvise in response to ever-changing circumstances, and where compromise and consensus-building are the tools of effective leadership. With Shakespeare, as with life, it's the pragmatic leaders who give a little to get a little, that ultimately succeed.

Shakespeare was at the height of his powers when he wrote 1 Henry IV. Indeed, this is stagecraft of a very high order, that also makes for engaging reading. Good, easy to follow editing and page layout, make this a five star recommendation. Decidedly.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Honor and Identity 15 mars 2014
Par Andrew - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Honor is explored throughout this Shakesperian adventure. I teach Senior English and have enjoyed including I Henry IV in my unit over identity. Honor and personal identity are important concepts that can be taught through literature and are paramount for my students, as they leave for college.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 enjoyed 9 mars 2014
Par Mary A. Fink - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Poetry and history - Hotspur, Falstaff, and Prince Hal. It is a play to enjoy. I will read Part II now.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 PBS - the empty crown series 13 octobre 2013
Par David - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As the result of the PBS series, I decided to read the play to better understand some of the exchanges between characters, etc. No footnotes, no stage direction, no preface - just the play. Great!
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