Mental Roadblock

Greetings, readers.

Hitting a mental roadblock today… not sure what to write about.  (of course, it doesn’t help, not one bit, that I’ve got a sore throat, and my enthusiasm for writing today is only slightly higher than my enthusiasm for work)

So, I’m going to do what I always do when these things happen:  Punt.
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Podcast 15: The First Part of Henry the Sixth DVD Review

This week’s podcast includes a DVD review for The First Part of Henry the Sixth, plus a recap of this week’s blog entries.

Errata:
1:06 — text should be “November” instead of “December”
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Shakespeare Comes to UCLA (my alma mater!)

No, it’s not a production… it’s kinda even better.

The Clark Library of UCLA (my alma mater and the best damn university in the world [OK, so I’m a *LITTLE* biased!]) is about to receive a $2 million collection of 72 books related to Shakespeare.  The Library, which I’m chagrined to say I’ve never heard of, is located off-campus in the West Adams area (for those of you who know LA), and houses a number of rare books.
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The War of the Roses

As we mentioned yesterday in our discussion of historical inaccuracies in The First Part of Henry the Sixth, the term “the War of the Roses” became popular only in the nineteenth century after its use in Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein, or The Maiden of the Mist (1829); the phrase is said to be have been based on the Rose Briar scene (Act Two, Scene Five) of 1HenryVI, in which Plantagenet and Somerset ask their followers to show their allegiance by their choice of flowers (white for the followers of York, red for Lancaster).
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Henry the Sixth is History: Not So Much (or: Historical Inaccuracies)

For the last few days, we’ve been loading up on timelines, both historical and military, of the events that took place during the time period covered in The First Part of Henry the Sixth.  Today, let’s see how those factual events mesh (and more importantly don’t mesh) with what’s in the play.
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Henry the Sixth is History: Military Timeline

Here’s a rough assemblage of dates/events of military importance to The First Part of Henry the Sixth…

Tomorrow, we’ll play a game of mix-and-match with the events from this timeline (as well as yesterday‘s) and the major plot points in the play.
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Henry the Sixth is History: Historical Timeline

Here’s a rough assemblage of dates/events of historical importance to The First Part of Henry the Sixth… we’ll hit the military stuff tomorrow.
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Sources

According to most critics, the source material for most of Shakespeare’s histories (including The First Part of Henry the Sixth) was Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland.  Holinshed was only one of a three main authors of the work (the other two being William Harrison and Richard Stanyhurst), and their work was first printed in 1577, about fifteen years before the composition of 1HenryVI.
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Podcast 14: The First Part of Henry the Sixth Introduction

This week’s podcast includes an introduction to and a plot synopsis for The First Part of Henry the Sixth, plus a recap of this week’s blog entries.

Errata:
17:46 — Text should be “English retake the city” instead of “French retake the city”
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Act Five

Was Henry at this point too young to read?  We’ll take a look a chronological time later in the month…

Act Five of The First Part of Henry the Sixth begins with Henry asking Gloucester if the Lord Protector has read the letters from the pope and the Earl of Armagnac. The letters request that Henry end his military excursion into France and to enter a time of peace.  Henry agrees that this makes sense.
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