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106 pages (Summer 2007); 932KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00240
The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, following Part 1, chronicles seemingly unrelated elements of action -- Margaret's affair with Suffolk, the fall of the Duke of Gloucester and his wife, and Cade's rebellion -- which are brought into alignment and contribute to the one main point of the play: the rise of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. Throughout the play, King Henry acts as a kind of conscience, providing commentary on the chaotic battle being fought to gain power. The Battle of St. Albans, at the conclusion of Part 2, ends in victory for the House of York, thus preparing the way for the action of Part 3.
This edition is based on the 1914 Oxford edition, which ranks among the most authoritative of the 20th century.