King Richard II

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ACT III

SCENE I.-- [Bristol. Before the castle.]

[ Enter BOLINGBROKE, YORK, NORTHUMBERLAND, with BUSHYand GREENE, prisoners.]

Bol. Bring forth these men.
Bushy and Greene, I will not vex your souls,
Since presently your souls must part your bodies,
With too much urging your pernicious lives,
For 'twere no charity; yet, to wash your blood 5
From off my hands, here in the view of men
I will unfold some causes of your deaths:
You have misled a prince, a royal king,
A happy gentleman in blood and lineaments,
By you unhappied and disfigured clean; 10

ACT 111

Scene 1

MATERIAL . The facts are from Hol., 498/2/60 ff and 518/2/53 ff (see note on l. 43). The substance of Bolingbroke's long speech and the defiance of the fovourites are invented. The Earl of Wiltshire, who is mentioned by Holinshed as bieng at Bristol Castle (and cf. 11. ii. 135) and at 111. ii. 141-2 and 111. iv. 53 is said to have been beheaded at Bristol along with Bushy and Greene, surprisingly does not appear in this scene, or anywhere else in the play: Shakespeare may have been economizing on characters, satisfied that the appearance of three favourites was enough was enough to convey the impression that the he wanted, but for the possibility that he wrongly identified him with "Bagot", see note on 111. ii. 122. Bolingbroke's kind words about Isabel, his account of his wrongs, and his ruthless act of state, all appearing in this scene, form a notable example of Shakespeare's workmanship and invention in creating a character: but for possible influences from Woodstock and Marlowe see notes on ll. 12-15.

3. presently] immediately. part] part from.

4.] "With insisting too much upon the perniciousness of your lives".

10. unhappied] Not used elsewhere by Shakespeare, see note on 11. i. 16.

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Location.]Capell; not in Qq, F. S. D.] Wilson; Enter Duke of Hereford, Yorke, Northumberland, Bushie and Greene prisoners. Qq; Enter Bullingbrooke, Yorke, Northumberland, Rosse, Percie, Willoughby, with Bushie and Prisoners. F. 7. deaths] Q1, F; death Q2-5.

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King Richard II
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Arden Shakespeare ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Preface to the Fifth Edition (1961) viii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Characters - (in Order of Speaking) 2
  • The Tragedy of King Richard the Second 3
  • Scene III.-- [the LIsts at Coventry.] 16
  • Scene IV. -- [the Court] - [ Enter the King with Bagot and Greene at One Door; and the Lord Aumerle at Another.] 21
  • Act II 46
  • Scene II.--[windsorcastle.] 69
  • Scene IV. --[a Camp in Wales.] 88
  • Act III 90
  • Scene II.-- [the Coast of Wales.] 94
  • Scene IV. --[the Duke of York's Garden.] 105
  • Act IV 124
  • Act V 145
  • Scene III.--[windsor Castle.] 152
  • Scene IV. -- [windsor Castle.] 159
  • Scene V. -- [a Prison at Pomfret Castle.] 169
  • Scene VI.--[windsor Castle.] 177
  • Appendix I 181
  • Appendix II 198
  • Appendix IV 207
  • Additional Notes to Text and Commentary 208
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