This section is dedicated to King John, the
play by William Shakespeare. The picture is
18th century and image displayed
represents the essence of the play which,
we hope, will bring to life a famous scene or
character from the play.
Summary of the story
Nearly all of the conflicts in the play result from
unresolved disputes involving family members. The
consequences of these disputes often result in murder.
John is the weak son of King Henry II
and brother of the late King Richard the Lion Heart.
is the domineering mother of John and Prince Henry is his son.
Arthur, who is just a child, is the son of John's deceased brother,
Richard the Lion Heart. Arthur's mother, Constance enters into a
power struggle, aligning herself to the French King in order to
claim the throne for her son. The countries go to war and there is
also religious conflicts. Arthur is believed to be dead and
Constance kills herself. Queen Elinor also dies. Arthur, in an
attempt to escape imprisonment, falls onto rocks and dies. King
John is poisoned. Cardinal Pandulph, the Pope's legate, forges a
peace agreement between England and France, and John's son
Henry becomes king.
King John is poisoned. Cardinal Pandulph, the
Pope's legate, forges a peace agreement
between England and France, and John's
son Henry becomes king.
SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
William Shakespeare never published any of
his plays and therefore none of the original
manuscripts have survived. Eighteen
unauthorized versions of his plays were,
however, published during his lifetime in
quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers.
P.S there wasn’t a copyright law
A collection of his works did not appear until
1623 (a full seven years after Shakespeare's
death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow
actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell,
posthumously recorded his work and
published 36 of William’s plays in the First
Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate
other dates are substantiated by historical
events, records of performances and the dates
plays appeared in print.
Some important dates
Date first performed:It is believed that the play was first
performed between 1596 and 1597. In the Elizabethan era
there was a huge demand for new entertainment and King John would
have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed:the drama was first printed in 1623
as part of the First Folio. As William Shakespeare clearly did
not ant his work published details of the play would have
therefore been noted, and often pirated without his
consent, following a performance.
History of King John
King John was based on the history of
England and France between 1199 and
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