Henry Viii Shakespeare Essay Contest

Henry VIII 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. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play's publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic evidence indicates that individual sceHenry VIII 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. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play's publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor, John Fletcher. It is also somewhat characteristic of the late romances in its structure. It is noted for having more stage directions than any of Shakespeare's other plays.[1]

During a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in 1613, a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre's thatched roof (and the beams), burning the original building to the ground....more

Paperback, 352 pages

Published February 6th 2007 by Simon Schuster (first published 1613)

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Original Title

All Is True

ISBN

0743273303 (ISBN13: 9780743273305)

Characters

Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Katherine of Aragon, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, Thomas Cromwell...more, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Wolsey, Stephen Gardiner, Henry VIII of England, Eustace Chapuys, Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, George Nevill, 5th Baron Bergavenny, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, 2nd Earl of Surrey, Sir Henry Marney, Thomas Lovell, Charles Knevet, Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester, William Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys, Henry Guildford, Nicholas Vaux, 1st Baron Vaux of Harrowden, Lorenzo Campeggio, John Longland, Bishop of Lincoln, Griffith, attendant to Katherine of Aragon, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton, Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Patience (Lady in waiting to Katherine of Aragon), Anthony Denny, Dr. William Butts, William Warham, Stephen Peacock, Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Hopkins, John de la Court, Old Lady (Attendant to Anne Boleyn), Gilbert Park, Elizabeth I of England...less

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Two stories dominate Henry VIII: the fall of Cardinal Wolsey, Henry's powerful advisor, and Henry's quest to divorce Queen Katherine, who has not borne him a male heir, and marry Anne Bullen (Boleyn).

First, the duke of Buckingham questions Wolsey's costly staging of a failed meeting with the French king. Wolsey arrests Buckingham and accuses him of treason; testimony from a bribed witness leads to Buckingham's execution. Queen Katherine takes a stand against Wolsey. Wolsey gives a party at which Henry meets Anne.

Henry falls in love with Anne and seeks to divorce Katherine, but Katherine refuses to be judged by Wolsey and other church officials. The king secretly marries Anne and then has her crowned queen. Meanwhile, Henry discovers Wolsey’s treachery against him. Wolsey, arrested, falls sick and dies. Katherine also sickens and dies. 

Cranmer, the new archbishop of Canterbury, comes under attack, but receives the king's support.  Anne gives birth to a daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth. Cranmer prophesies marvelous reigns for her and her unnamed successor, James.

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