Richard II - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm off from an anointed king'

Richard, a vain, despotic ruler, listens only to his flatterers. When his cousin Bolingbroke, previously banished, returns to seize the crown, Richard discovers that the throne given to him by God can be taken from him by men. Depicting a tortured and morally ambivalent soul wearing the 'hollow crown', whose illusions are brutally shattered, this tragic history play unravels the idea of kingship. It is also a work of epic lyricism, filled with some of Shakespeare's most intoxicating poetry.

Used and Recommended by the National Theatre

General Editor Stanley Wells
Edited by Stanley Wells
Introduction by Paul Edmondson

Book information

ISBN: 9780141396644
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 822.33
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 244g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 20mm