Tomorrow, July 21st, is the 609th anniversary of the Battle of Shrewsbury. In honor of the battle, and in keeping with the Henriad themes I have going while The Hollow Crown airs, here is a discussion of the actual historical record of Shrewsbury and the level of factual accuracy and inclusion Shakespeare was (and wasn’t) able to bring to “Henry IV Part I”, the play in which the battle is featured.
Here is an informative, concise description of the historical record of the battle, I particularly recommend the “related document” on this page: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/listing/battlefields/battle-of-shrewsbury
And here is my Memorial Day special about Shakespeare’s Shrewsbury: https://theshakespeareminute.org/2012/05/27/shakespeares-greatest-battle/
In “Henry IV Part I”, on my mind from the “Hollow Crown” airing its adaptation of the play last weekend, Prince Hal lays out his bizarre plan for ascending to kingship and respect. In this video, I discuss Prince Hal and his how he becomes Henry V, with a particular focus on the “I know you all” speech from the beginning of “Henry IV Part I”.
The link to the PBAB review is here: http://pursuedbyabear.net/pbab/1337/!
In Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” on my mind due to the recent airing of “The Hollow Crown”‘s adaptation of the play, there are many moments where one character will critique another’s use of names or titles. “What did you just call me” seems to be a sentiment common to these moments, and there’s a very plot-relevant reason why, as I explore in this episode of “Shakespeare Themes”.
In this episode, I examine the clip released from the BBC “The Hollow Crown,” which shows Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) berating Hal (Tom Hiddleston). Somehow a two minute clip bore several more minutes of commentary. Love how that works.
Here is the clip in its entirety:
And here is the trailer, again, in case you haven’t seen the 60 straight-up seconds of awesomeness:
A more editorial Wednesday than most, but I wanted to get to Henry IV Part I!
Henry IV berates Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I- but there is more to this speech than meets the eye, and finding that out involves discussion of the prequel, Richard II! The clip here is from “The Hollow Crown”, and I will be examining the full clip this Friday in the same vein as the Richard II clip breakdown from last week.
“The Hollow Crown” trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4N9-4vhYVU