Shakespeare’s Richard II – An Audio Play in Two Sections

Around 1398, the last king of the house of Plantagenet, Richard II, is replaced by the first Lancaster king, Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke). Richard II, regal and stately figure, is wasteful in his spending, unwise in choosing counselors, and detached. When he begins to “rent out” parcels of English land to select wealthy noblemen and seizes the lands and money of a much-respected uncle, the commoners and the king’s noblemen decide that Richard has gone too far.



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