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  • Henry Vby William Shakespeare; A. R. Humphreys; Ann Kaegi

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 11.27

    Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II , Henry IV, part 1 and Henry... more...

  • Richard IIby William Shakespeare; Stanley Wells; Paul Edmondson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 12.68

    Banishing his cousin, Bolingbroke, King Richard II prevents a dispute from turning bloody. But Richard is an arrogant and despotic ruler, prone to tyranny and vanity, who listens only to his flatterers. As favour turns against him and Bolingbroke returns to reclaim his land, Richard is humbled and grieved to see that the throne given to him by God... more...

  • Antony and Cleopatraby William Shakespeare; Emrys Jones; René Weis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences. more...

  • Henry IV Part Twoby William Shakespeare; Adrian Poole

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Angered by the loss of his son in battle, the Earl of Northumberland supports another rebellion against King Henry IV, bringing the country to the brink of civil war. Sick and weary, the old King sends out his forces, including the unruly Sir John Falstaff, to meet the rebels. But as the conflict grows, he must also confront a more personal problem... more...

  • Coriolanusby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; Paul Prescott

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    A peerless general is offered the consulship of Rome after his triumph over the city of Corioles. Too proud to respect the will of the people, however, he soon finds himself despised by the mob, and speaks out passionately against popular rule. Driven from the city as a traitor, he allies himself with his old enemies and begins to plot a merciless... more...

  • The Taming of the Shrewby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; M. J. Kidnie

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    The beautiful but sharp-tongued Katherina has sworn never to accept the demands of any would-be husband. But when she is pursued by the wily Petruchio, it seems that she has finally met her match. And as he meets her own caustic words with a feigned, capricious cruelty, Katherina quickly comes to understand the absurdity of her shrewish behaviour,... more...

  • Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare; Norman Sanders; Martin Wiggins

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    When it seems that Julius Caesar may assume supreme power, a plot to destroy him is hatched by those determined to preserve the threatened republic. But the different motives of the conspirators soon become apparent when high principles clash with malice and political realism. As the nation plunges into bloody civil war, this taut drama explores the... more...

  • The Comedy of Errorsby William Shakespeare; Paul Edmondson; Stanley Wells; Randall Martin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as children, find themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when he denies the claim. Exuberant, complex and brilliantly farcical,... more...

  • Timon of Athensby William Shakespeare; Nicholas Walton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    After squandering his wealth with prodigal generosity, a rich Athenian gentleman finds himself deep in debt. Unshaken by the prospect of bankruptcy, he is certain that the friends he has helped so often will come to his aid. But when they learn his wealth is gone, he quickly finds that their promises fall away to nothing in this tragic exploration... more...

  • The Two Gentlemen of Veronaby William Shakespeare; Russell Jackson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Leaving behind both home and beloved, a young man travels to Milan to meet his closest friend. Once there, however, he falls in love with his friend's new sweetheart and resolves to seduce her. Love-crazed and desperate, he is soon moved to commit cynical acts of betrayal. And comic scenes involving a servant and his dog enhance the play's exploration... more...