King Henry the Eighth

William Shakespeare


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King Henry the Eighth is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of Henry VIII of England. The play implies, without stating it directly, that the treason charges against the Duke of Buckingham were false and trumped up; and it maintains a comparable ambiguity about other sensitive issues. The disgrace and beheading of Anne Boleyn (here spelled Bullen) is carefully avoided, and no indication of the succeeding four wives of Henry VIII can be found in the play. However, Catherine of Aragon's plea to Henry before the Legatine Court seems to have been taken straight from historical record.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 158 pages in the PDF version, and was originally written in 1623.

Production notes: This ebook of King Henry the Eighth was published by Global Grey in 2018.

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