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					KING JOHN
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
INTRODUCTION

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.
Summary
Queen Elinor



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.
AND FINALLY…

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
THE PLAY
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
Information

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
  1216.

P.S If you are interested in facts, information,
  a biography and timeline of KING JOHN-
  click HERE.

				
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