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507 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1591
Can we outrun the heavens?Overall, I have to say that Willie's history plays really grew on me over time and I also like the fact that the Wars of the Roses in particular really read like a modern historical fiction series. A lot of the characters play a big role through multiple of the plays and it's fun to follow them around and see their rise and fall. I grew particularly enamoured with Henry V, knowing about his struggle with his father in his youth made him a much more likeable and relatable king when it was finally his time to shine. When it comes to his son, Henry VI, however, I have to say that I just hate his guts. He is so stupid and annoying and I was just rooting for that bitch to die... Unfortunately for me, he is the one who got three fucking plays about his reign. Like, why?
I gotta love Willie for his female characters who feel like they could do so much more if only they were born men. Your time will come, ladies.
Eleanor about her husband:
Were I a man, a duke, and next of blood,
I would remove these tedious stumbling-blocks
And smooth my way upon their headless necks;
Margaret to her lover:
Fie, coward woman and soft-hearted wretch!
Hast thou not spirit to curse thine enemy?
What stronger breastplate than a heart untainted!
Thrice is he arm'd that hath his quarrel just,
And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel,
Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.