Henry IV, Part I & II, A Longman Cultural Edition, 1st edition

  • William Shakespeare
  • Ronald Levao

Henry IV, Part I & II, A Longman Cultural Edition

ISBN-13:  9780321182746

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The Longman Cultural Editions series presents the only paperback edition of both parts of Henry IV published in one volume, together with relevant literary and historical contextual materials that illluminate without overwhelming the primary texts.  This edition presents both parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays in the authoritative Bevington edition, tracing the full course of Prince Hal’s ambiguous journey from prodigal youth to his role as King Henry V, as well as the controversial career of the tavern “king,” Sir John Falstaff.  Contextual materials emphasize the plays’ historical background, Shakespeare’s transformation of his sources, and the intellectual controversies that are embodied in the dramatic action.  One Longman Cultural Edition can be packaged at no additional cost with any volume of The Longman Anthology of British Literature by Damrosch et al., or at a discount with any other Longman textbook.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions About This Edition Introduction

Table of Dates

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Henry IV, Part One Henry IV, Part Two   Contexts


Shakespeare’s Historical Sources

      Raphael Holinshed, from Chronicles of England,

           Scotland, and Ireland, 2nd edition (1587)

        Samuel Daniel, from The First Four Books of the Civil War  

            between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (1595)

        From The Famous Victories of Henry V (pre-1588?; pub. 1598)

        Sir Thomas Elyot,  from The Book Named the Governor  (1531)


Obedience, Resistance, Rebellion

         St. Paul, from Epistle to the Romans, ch. 13

         From Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547, 1563, 1571)

                     From An Exhortation Concerning Obedience(1547)

            From An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful                 Rebellion (1570; 1571).

 John Ponet, from A Short Treatise of Politic Power (1556)

 Philippe du Plessis-Mornay, from Vindiciae contra tyrannos   (The Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants) (1579)


Shakespeare’s History Plays

A Catalogue of the several Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies contained in this Volume

William Shakespeare, from Richard II


The Fascination of Falstaff             Key Statements

Samuel Johnson, from The Plays of William Shakespeare (1765)

Elizabeth Montague, from Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769)

Maurice Morgann, from An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff (1777)

William Hazlitt, from Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays (1817)

A. C. Bradley, from “The Rejection of Falstaff,” Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1909)

         Partial models

Titus Maccius Plautus, from Miles Gloriosus (The Braggart Soldier)

From The Interlude of Youth

Edmund Spenser, from The Faerie Queene, Book 1, Canto 4

From Oldcastle to Falstaff

John Foxe, from Acts and Monuments (1563)

Raphael Holinshed, from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 2nd edition (1587)

Michael Drayton, Richard Hathaway, Antony Munday, and Robert Wilson, Sir John Oldcastle, Part One (Prologue) (1600)

William Shakespeare, from Henry VI, Part One (ca. 1590)


Theatrum Mundi

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola from Oration (on the Dignity of Man) (1486)

Sir Thomas More, from Utopia (1516)

Sir Walter Raleigh, “On the Life of Man”

William Shakespeare, from Richard III (1592), Richard II (1595),  As You Like It (1599), Macbeth (1606), The Tempest (1611)

Published by Pearson (December 27th 2006) - Copyright © 2007