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Richard II—The Theory of Kingship

Lecture no. 13 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

Richard II—The Theory of Kingship

Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Elizabethan political theory held that the monarch is God's anointed; disobedience and rebellion are grievous sins and invite divine wrath. Richard is the legitimate king, yet Bolingbroke appears to be the abler ruler. What is more to blame for Bolingbroke's challenge to Richard: The former's temerity or the latter's inadequacies? And can a rebel terminate the damage done by an erring (yet lawful) king only at the cost of damaging the realm even further?

36 Lectures

1
Image of  Shakespeare Then and Now
Shakespeare Then and Now
0 of 34 min
2
Image of  The Nature of Shakespeare's Plays
The Nature of Shakespeare's Plays
0 of 28 min
3
Image of Twelfth Night—Shakespearean Comedy
Twelfth Night—Shakespearean Comedy
0 of 30 min
4
Image of Twelfth Night—Malvolio in Love
Twelfth Night—Malvolio in Love
0 of 30 min
5
Image of The Taming of the Shrew—Getting Married in the 1590s
The Taming of the Shrew—Getting Married in the 1590s
0 of 30 min
6
Image of The Taming of the Shrew—Farce and Romance
The Taming of the Shrew—Farce and Romance
0 of 29 min
7
Image of The Merchant of Venice—Courting the Heiress
The Merchant of Venice—Courting the Heiress
0 of 30 min
8
Image of The Merchant of Venice—Shylock
The Merchant of Venice—Shylock
0 of 32 min
9
Image of Measure for Measure—Sex in Society
Measure for Measure—Sex in Society
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Measure for Measure—Justice and Comedy
Measure for Measure—Justice and Comedy
0 of 30 min
11
Image of Richard III—Shakespearean History
Richard III—Shakespearean History
0 of 27 min
12
Image of Richard III—The Villain's Career
Richard III—The Villain's Career
0 of 28 min
13
Image of Richard II—The Theory of Kingship
Richard II—The Theory of Kingship
0 of 29 min
14
Image of Richard II—The Fall of the King
Richard II—The Fall of the King
0 of 29 min
15
Image of Henry IV—All the King's Men
Henry IV—All the King's Men
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Henry IV—The Life of Falstaff
Henry IV—The Life of Falstaff
0 of 30 min
17
Image of Henry V—The Death of Falstaff
Henry V—The Death of Falstaff
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Henry V—The King Victorious
Henry V—The King Victorious
0 of 28 min
19
Image of Romeo and Juliet—Shakespearean Tragedy
Romeo and Juliet—Shakespearean Tragedy
0 of 31 min
20
Image of Romeo and Juliet—Public Violence and Private Bliss
Romeo and Juliet—Public Violence and Private Bliss
0 of 30 min
21
Image of Troilus and Cressida—Ancient Epic in a New Mode
Troilus and Cressida—Ancient Epic in a New Mode
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Troilus and Cressida—Heroic Aspirations
Troilus and Cressida—Heroic Aspirations
0 of 30 min
23
Image of Julius Caesar—The Matter of Rome
Julius Caesar—The Matter of Rome
0 of 29 min
24
Image of Julius Caesar—Heroes of History
Julius Caesar—Heroes of History
0 of 30 min
25
Image of Hamlet—The Abundance of the Play
Hamlet—The Abundance of the Play
0 of 30 min
26
Image of Hamlet—The Causes of Tragedy
Hamlet—The Causes of Tragedy
0 of 30 min
27
Image of Hamlet—The Protestant Hero
Hamlet—The Protestant Hero
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Othello—The Design of the Tragedy
Othello—The Design of the Tragedy
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Othello—“O Villainy!”
Othello—“O Villainy!”
0 of 29 min
30
Image of Othello—“The Noble Moor”
Othello—“The Noble Moor”
0 of 31 min
31
Image of King Lear—“This Is the Worst”
King Lear—“This Is the Worst”
0 of 30 min
32
Image of King Lear—Wisdom Through Suffering
King Lear—Wisdom Through Suffering
0 of 30 min
33
Image of King Lear—“Then We Go On”
King Lear—“Then We Go On”
0 of 30 min
34
Image of Macbeth—“Fair Is Foul”
Macbeth—“Fair Is Foul”
0 of 30 min
35
Image of Macbeth—Musing on Murder
Macbeth—Musing on Murder
0 of 29 min
36
Image of Macbeth—“Enter Two Murderers”
Macbeth—“Enter Two Murderers”
0 of 31 min

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