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  • Henry VI Part Twoby William Shakespeare; Stanley Wells; Michael Taylor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    Henry VI is tricked into marrying Margaret - lover of the Earl of Suffolk, who hopes to rule the kingdom through her influence. There is one great obstacle in Suffolk's path, however - the noble Lord Protector, who he slyly orders to be murdered. Discovering this betrayal, Henry banishes Suffolk, but with his Lord Protector gone the unworldly young... more...

  • Henry VI Part Oneby William Shakespeare; Jane Kingsley-Smith

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    After the death of Henry V, the French revolt and threaten to reclaim their country from English rule. Guided by his Lord Protector, the young King Henry VI journeys to Paris to reaffirm his rule over France. But while Joan of Arc battles the British abroad, discontent is also breeding at home, between the two ancient Houses of York and Lancaster. more...

  • The Merry Wives of Windsorby William Shakespeare; Catherine Richardson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    In need of money, the fat and foolish Falstaff devises a scheme to seduce two married women and steal their husbands' wealth. By talking to each other, however, the wives soon discover his plan and begin to plot their own revenge. Relentlessly inventive, this comic humiliation of a foolish would-be seducer is a lively, compelling and ultimately joyous... more...

  • Hamletby William Shakespeare; Paul Prescott; Alan Sinfield

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    A young prince meets with his father's ghost, who alleges that his own brother, now married to his widow, murdered him. The prince devises a scheme to test the truth of the ghost's accusation, feigning wild madness while plotting a brutal revenge. But his apparent insanity soon begins to wreak havoc on innocent and guilty alike. more...

  • Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare; T. J. B. Spencer; Adrian Poole

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy. more...

  • Richard IIIby William Shakespeare; Gillian Day; E. A. J. Honigmann; Michael Taylor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    The bitter, deformed brother of the King is secretly plotting to seize the throne of England. Charming and duplicitous, powerfully eloquent and viciously cruel, he is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve his goal - and, in his skilful manipulation of events and people, Richard is a chilling incarnation of the lure of evil and the temptation of... more...

  • King Learby William Shakespeare; George Hunter; Kiernan Ryan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters. In the scheming and recriminations that follow, not only does... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...