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King John by William Shakespeare
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Jan 01, 2010

Well... good grief...

King John is the king of England. However, King Philip of France believes that King John's brother Richard's illegitimate son Arthur (get all that?) is the true heir to England's throne. Arthur himself doesn't seem to really care, but his mother Constance does, so the two Kings end up at war for the symbolic prize of just one town, Algiers.

The plot thickens from there, I'm not going to detail it here. I suspect this is a historical account of actual events, but I don't know enough to know. I don't want to spoil the ending, but then William does that himself in the play's full title: "The Life and Death of King John". Nice going, Shakespeare.

...The way I write these reviews, I am sorry if I offend anyone. Don't take me seriously. (About time I said that...)

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