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King Henry VI, Part III (Wars of the Roses #7)

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Published May 5th 2006 by Icon Reference (first published 1623)
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Bill  Kerwin

A thoroughly accomplished piece of playcraft and a significant work of literature, this complex account of civil war is filled with broken oaths, betrayals, and labyrinthine patterns of multi-generational revenge, and Shakespeare gives us a coherent thread of narrative to guide us through the bewildering crowd of incidents.

Also, by the middle of the play, Shakespeare's first great character--Richard of Gloucester (later Richard III)--has fully emerged, giving us a clear promise of the great wor
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João Fernandes
Aug 31, 2015 João Fernandes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare, drama, war
Henry: Get off, that's my chair!
York: No, it's my chair
Henry: Okay, you can have it after I'm done playing with it.
Margaret: How dare you give away my... I mean our son's... I mean your throne!?
Henry: I'm just trying to avoid giving more suffering to our people!
Margaret: Wait, peasants have feelings? Uh, the more you know...
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Clifford: Your dad killed my dad, so I'm gonna kill you.
Rutland: Mate, I'm just trying to learn some Latin to read that saucy book from The Name of the Rose.
Clifford: Sh
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David Sarkies
Jul 06, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
Recommended to David by: University
Shelves: historical
England in Flames
30 August 2012

As I read through this play I began to realise how closely connected it is to Richard III, which is not surprising since this play was written shortly after Henry VI. In many way, much of the action in Richard III, as well as a number of the characters, stem from this play. I remember watching the Ian McKellan version of Richard III and seeing this woman, Margaret, making an appearance and wondering about her connection to the play. After reading this play (as wel
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Ahmad Sharabiani
King Henry VI, Part 3 (Wars of the Roses #7), William Shakespeare
Bruce
May 24, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play, also sometimes titled “Richard Duke of York” or “The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth,” continues the story of the factions of York and Lancaster during the Wars of the Roses in England in the 15th century. As in the previous play in the series, “2 Henry VI,” King Henry continues to demonstrate a feebleness and lack of resolve that contributes to the encouragement of the kingly aspirations of Richard, who claims the right to the crown on the basis ...more
Terence
What follows are the collective observations of the entire trilogy:

1 Henry VI -- 2.5 to 3 stars
2 Henry VI -- 3+ stars
3 Henry VI -- 4 stars

I don't have much to say about part 1 of Shakespeare's Henry VI. It's not a bad play; it's just not the Bard at his best. It has its moments but the impression I carry away from it is that Shakespeare either didn't care all that much about the project or he never found the time to polish it. (Interestingly, it was written several years after parts 2 and 3.)

Par
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Jim
Feb 09, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, shakespeare
The concluding part of William Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses trilogy ends with Edward IV firmly in charge and with about half the cast of the play dead -- but with Richard Crookback in the wings waiting to make his own grab at the crown, which he will do in Richard III.

Henry VI, Part 3 is full of of "alarums and excursions" as the partisans of York and Lancaster find it out to the bitter end. The play is Shakespeare's lesson as to what happens to the kingdom when the king is weak. And Henry VI
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Olivia
Jun 19, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far in this tetralogy. I found the vigorous seesaw of victories and defeats very compelling, as Henry dwindles to a mild nonentity, Richard of Gloucester hacks his way out of a metaphorical wood and into the spotlight, and many children are butchered along the way. I didn't expect to be so disturbed by the murdered children - in King John I found poor Arthur's death unexpectedly hilarious! - but both scenes, Rutland slaughtered in front of his pleading tudor and Edward tag-team-st ...more
Trevor
Sep 27, 2011 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The last of the Henry VI plays in the very long sequence of histories around the war of the roses. It is surprising how few of these eight plays actually are about the king they are named after. I mean, neither of the Henry IV plays are really about him, the play with him as a major character is really Richard II. This play is about chaos more than anything else – nothing is stable, it is hard to know who is on which side. The expression, damned if you do and damned if you don’t came to mind rep ...more
Perry Whitford
'frowns, words, and threats \
Shall be the war that Henry means to use.—'

What of oaths?
'But for a kingdom any oath may be broken;
I would break a thousand oaths to reign one year.'
Edward

- York is beheaded after some championship level taunting from Queen Margaret about his 'mess of sons' .

- Margaret on Richard:
'a foul misshapen stigmatic,
Mark'd by the destinies to be avoided'

- usurped, on the run disguised as a commoner, Henry finally finds contentment:
'My crown is in my heart, not on my head,
Not
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Manny
Henry VI's! They're like buses. You wait for ages, and then three come by at once.
Kailey
Nov 22, 2015 Kailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weighty-classics
I was starting to get bored with the Henrys, but this one revived me a bit. There were some especially rousing speeches, and I didn't completely hate every character.

I feel like every situation and scene was gone through twice. Twice Edward is on the throne and Henry is forced to compromise or flee. Twice Henry is on the throne and Edward is fleeing. Twice they summon all their allies to send soldiers. Twice somebody sends to France for soldiers. Twice Henry is thrown into prison in the Tower,
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Matthew
Shakespeare's first history cycle (the three Henry VI plays and Richard III are somewhat dark works and the darkness seems to grow with every play. There are virtuous characters, but no real moral centre. Certainly not the king himself who is kind and decent, but lacks any fibre or backbone to manage the unruly upstarts that he faces.

Nor are the king's enemies any better. York and his sons may claim a greater right to the throne, but they are corrupted by the means which they use to seize and ho
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Ben
Mar 17, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full well hath Clifford play'd the orator,
Inferring arguments of mighty force.
But, Clifford, tell me, didst though never hear
That things ill got had ever bad success?
And happy always was it for that son
Whose father for his hoarding went to hell?
I'll leave my son my virtuous deeds behind;
And would my father had left me no more!
For all the rest is held at such a rate
As brings a thousand-fold more care to keep
Than in possession any jot of pleasure.


With these words, Henry defies those who accuse him
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Jonathan
Oct 11, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I admit I had to refer to a Kings and Queens 'family' tree before embarking on this one. Everyone seemed to be someone, and everyone wanted to be King or Queen. And lots were/will be (in the 1500s). Considerinh Henry was not supposed to be that great, he certainly got a lot of plays written about him. Newly unearthed and re-buried Richard gets a good look in, and Henry's Queen Margaret would have given Joan of Arc (see Part I) a run for her money in the going-into-battle stakes.
Anna Kļaviņa
Apr 08, 2013 Anna Kļaviņa marked it as to-read-ebook  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Scott's brilliant reciting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PkuF0...

I have no brother, I am like no brother,
And this word ‘love’, which greybeards call divine,
Be resident in men like one another,
And not in me! I am myself alone

For I have often heard my mother say
I came into the world with my legs forward.
The midwife wonder'd; and the women cried
'O, Jesus bless us, he is born with teeth!'

And so I was, which plainly signified
That I should snarl and bite and play the dog.
Then, since
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Sarah
"So many hours must I tend my flock;
So many hours must I take my rest;
So many hours must I contemplate;
So many hours must I sport myself;
So many days my ewes have been with young;
So many weeks ere the poor fools will ean:
So many years ere I shall shear the fleece:
So minutes, hours, days, months, and years,
Pass'd over to the end they were created,
Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave."
-Act II, Scene V
(This whole monologue is pretty nice. Long, but a nice look into Henry's character.)

Well, I
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Ammar Malas
A thoroughly accomplished piece of playcraft and a significant work of literature, this complex account of civil war is filled with broken oaths, betrayals, and labyrinthine patterns of multi-generational revenge, and Shakespeare gives us a coherent thread of narrative to guide us through the bewildering crowd of incidents.

Also, by the middle of the play, Shakespeare's first great character--Richard of Gloucester (later Richard III)--has fully emerged, giving us a clear promise of the great wor
...more
Jeff
May 17, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be the best Shakespeare I have read. I have resolved that when finished the histories I will return to the tragedies, notably Hamlet and Macbeth, and read them again. I believe that as I read more and more of The Bard's writings that I am getting more and more out of each play.

This play, the third part of Henry the Sixth, is incredibly strong and well written.

This Henry is referred to repeatedly as "The Gentle King " and it is an accurate description. Not having the drive of his pre
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Jimyanni
Feb 04, 2016 Jimyanni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
As with most of Shakespeare's "history plays", there's just enough actual "history" here to give a novice a vague idea of what happened, but for heaven's sake, don't make the mistake of thinking that having read it, you have any real idea of the history of the period. It does give a good feeling for the ping-pong game that was the British monarchy during the period; "Look, Henry's the king. No, wait a minute, now the ball's in Edward's court. Now it's back to Henry, now Edward. It's close match ...more
Jackson Cyril
Henry VI has a reputation of being a weak monarch prone to fits of insanity who was unable to bring the Wars of the Roses under his control. But Shakespeare's Henry is slightly different. Yes he's weak-willed and manipulated by the Queen and his subordinates, but like Louis XVI Henry is a virtuous man who wants to avoid war ( he tries to appease Richard of York by naming him heir), and cares about everyone, even those who imprisoned him. Shakespeare also imbues Henry with prophetic powers and he ...more
James
May 14, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd hoped to finish the Shakespeare Histories Reading Project in time for the big (450) birthday tomorrow, but I'm not quite gonna make it. Finishing H6-3 got me most of the way, though. Due to anxiety, I've been a little flippant in my reviews of this trilogy, focusing on the swordfights and severed heads. While this installment did not fail to deliver in terms of mayhem, I don't feel as much like making cheap jokes. I found it unexpectedly moving in a number of ways. The Duke of York's death s ...more
Salvatore
Two kings. Two (potential) wives for one king (a little Mormonesque, Edward IV?). So many children dying at the hands of adults. So much anguish from the professor-king Henry, who relinquishes his throne and birthright way too easily. So much flipflopping from characters on allegiances: true, it would be hard to determine whether a red or white rose is preferable on one's suit of armour or suit lapel, but six lines of poetry shouldn't sway you one way or the other. Also, I don't know how much I ...more
Emily
Feb 18, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, shakespeare
It's all too easy to get behind on my Shakespeare schedule, so I'm lucky that my travel week coincided with a fairly riproaring read by history-play standards. This part probably has the most focused plot of the three Henry VI plays; it's only about the dynastic flipflopping between York and Lancaster--a dramatization that plays very fast and loose with the real chronology, and apparently with the real causes. (Henry is portrayed as a dreamy, religious idealist, but Wikipedia suggests he was ser ...more
Candy
Jun 21, 2010 Candy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
I think what is most interestying with these three plays within a trilogy...are the villains. I also see foreshadowing of Shakespeare's later villains and plots and themes. but overall...they seemed jumbled...but don't get me wrong..I enjoyed reading them.

This third part is fascinating because already we are introduced to Richard III who is a sick sick puppy.
Eyehavenofilter
Mar 23, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-shakespeare
Queen Margaret and Richard N. the power couple of the era, rule with unbelievable power. This woman is a force of nature, and Shakespeare's most amazing female lead character. She is strong, willful, yet intelligent enough to rule a nation expertly, with the "Kingmaker" at her side, at a desperate time, a hell of a play.
Martyn
This play is not just a perfect example of stagecraft and it's not just packed with soliloquies of the highest caliber, it's also a damn good read. Richard, who creeps across the Henry VI plays, slowly growing into the character that we know and love from Richard III suddenly and stunningly flowers in this play into the artful, magnetic and eloquent (is he Shakespeare's most eloquent character? Maybe after Hamlet) figure that we recognize fully.

His soliloquy at Act III.2 line 124 is spine tingl
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Elisabeth Bridges
These three plays made me so angry. Seriously. I got all riled up over stuff that happened like 600 years ago or something. And it's probably not even a historically accurate account, but never mind.

All I could think was IS THIS WHAT HENRY IV AND V FOUGHT FOR??? So that everything could be ripped apart by greed and personal beefs?

Oh yeah, I'm a definite Lancastrian. I have a crush on Henry V, what can I say?

Since I'm guessing that is the reaction Shakespeare intended, I'd say that overall these
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Mary
Feb 26, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is easily my favorite of the three Henry VI works. I find myself wishing that I was more familiar with the English history surrounding these plays, as I read them. I think they would mean more to someone who is. I can't help but wish that Shakespeare was around to write about the drama in today's politics. There would be less beheadings and swordplay, but plenty of political intrigue to make something of! I would love to see what he made of it all!

One last note, I think that for an actress,
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Collin
Oct 29, 2015 Collin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the first two parts! I really enjoyed this one and was relieved that the characterization was back to my regularly-expected level of awesome. Usually with king stories, you can tell what Shakespeare's moral standpoint is - what team he's on, so to speak - but I really couldn't tell in this case. It was fascinating. And then the eerie quality of the final scene - wow. Just wow. Especially knowing about Richard III. It was great. And Margaret - love her!

Richard II and Henry VI
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Wars of the Roses (8 books)
  • Richard II
  • King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses, #2)
  • Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of the Roses, #3)
  • Henry V
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