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By William Shakespeare

In Henry VIII, Shakespeare offers a monarchy in problem. Noblemen conflict with Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey, who taxes the folk to the purpose of uprising. Witnesses whom Wolsey brings opposed to the Duke of Buckingham declare he's conspiring to take the throne, but Buckingham turns out blameless as he is going to his death.

Henry is additionally with out a male inheritor. After assembly the attractive Anne Bullen, he says that he suspects his present marriage to Katherine, with whom he has one surviving daughter, is invalid. Katherine, in the meantime, glows with such excellent integrity that actresses have lengthy wanted the position. She advocates for the folk, suspects the witnesses opposed to Buckingham, and eloquently defends her behavior as Henry’s wife.

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Essay by way of Barbara A. Mowat

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SUFFOLK will be he hears the king Does whet his anger to him. SURREY Sharp sufficient, Lord, for thy justice! seventy eight paper wrapper WOLSEY [Aside] The overdue queen’s gentlewoman? A knight’s daughter To be her mistress’ mistress? The queen’s queen? This candle burns now not transparent, ’tis i have to snuff it, Then out it is going. What even though i do know her virtuous And well-deserving? but i do know her for A spleeny Lutheran, and never healthy to Our reason that she should still lie i’ th’ bosom of Our hard-ruled king. back there's sprung up An heretic, an arch one - Cranmer - one Hath crawled into the desire of the king And is his oracle. NORFOLK he's vexed at whatever. input King, analyzing of a time table [, and Lovell]. SURREY i'd ’twere whatever that will agonize the string, The grasp wire on’s middle. SUFFOLK The king, the king! KING What piles of wealth hath he accrued To his personal component! And what price via th’ hour turns out to move from him! How i’ th’ identify of thrift Does he rake this jointly? - Now, my lords, observed you the cardinal? NORFOLK My lord, we've got Stood right here watching him. a few unusual commotion Is in his mind. He bites his lip, and begins, Stops on a unexpected, appears to be like upon the floor, Then lays his finger on his temple; immediately Springs out into quick gait, then stops back, ninety nine spleeny passionate; healthy helpful (Our reason, l. a hundred, being either Wolsey’s personal and that of the Catholic church) a hundred lie i’ th’ bosom of (1) be the confidante of, (2) be married to a hundred and one hard-ruled hard-to-manage 102 arch leader 103 Hath who has 104 oracle i. e. , such a lot influential counselor; s. d. time table scroll one hundred and five be troubled the string corrode (with pun at the “fret” of a stringed device) 106 on’s of his 108 component proportion; rate prodigal expenditure 112 commotion dissatisfied moves his breast challenging, and anon he casts His eye opposed to the moon. In such a lot unusual postures we've seen him set himself. KING it may possibly be, there's a mutiny in’s brain. This morning Papers of country he despatched me to peruse As I required, and wot you what i discovered There, on my judgment of right and wrong, positioned unwittingly? Forsooth a listing, hence uploading the different parcels of his plate, his treasure, wealthy stuffs and embellishes of family, which i locate at such proud fee that it outspeaks ownership of a topic. NORFOLK It’s heaven’s will. a few spirit positioned this paper within the packet To bless your eye withal. KING If we did imagine His contemplation have been above the earth and stuck on non secular item, he may still reside in his musings; yet i'm afraid His thinkings are under the moon, now not worthy His severe contemplating. King takes his seat; whispers [to] Lovell, who is going to the Cardinal. WOLSEY Heaven forgive me; Even God bless your highness! KING solid my lord, you're jam-packed with heavenly stuff, and endure the stock Of your most sensible graces on your brain; the which You have been now operating o’er. you have got scarce time To thieve from religious rest a quick span to maintain your earthly audit. certain in that 118 opposed to towards 122 wot be aware of 124 uploading indicating one hundred twenty five a number of parcels separate goods 127-28 outspeaks .

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