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 Offer David Timson: Stories from Shakespeare – The Plantagenets

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At last, the baffling complexities of the Wars of the Roses unravelled, and a battle-by-battle guide to Shakespeare’s history plays. I need fret no longer whether it was in Henry IV Part 1 or... More…

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Richard II (excerpts)

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Richard II

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'This royal throne of kings, this scept'red isle…'

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Gaunt tried to warn King Richard…

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'So when this thief, this traitor, Bolingbroke…'

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But Richard's confidence soon vanished…

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The young Duke of Aumerle bade Richard…

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And so Richard, with no power left to him…

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'Here, cousin, seize the crown.'

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Richard's grief at his loss overwhelmed him…

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In despair Richard smashed the mirror…

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'That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire…'

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In his dying moments…

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Henry IV Part I (excerpts)

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Henry IV, Part I

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The son, who was the theme of honour's tongue…

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Prince Hal, although he was the Prince of Wales…

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Prince Hal had another friend…

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Hotspur had hoped to strike a deal…

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A plague of cowards still, say I…

2:03
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By the time Falstaff had finished his tale…

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But Falstaff's plans for their evening's entertainment…

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Then Hal and Falstaff swapped parts…

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Their play was interrupted by the arrival…

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That night at the palace…

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I will redeem all this on Percy's head.

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King Henry was moved by his son's…

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And such have I to fill up…

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King Henry made one final offer…

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The Battle of Shrewsbury raged.

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What? Old acquaintance?

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But as Hal left the battlefield, old Falstaff…

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And hoisting the body of Hotspur…

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Henry IV Part II (excerpts)

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Henry IV, Part II

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What is the gross sum that I owe thee?

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The cunning Falstaff talked very sweetly…

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You whoreson candlemine you…

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There was no time for any further questions.

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Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow…

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Hal was sure his father was dead…

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Too full of sorrow for his father, Hal…

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God Save Thy Grace King Hal…

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Henry V (excerpts)

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Henry V

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Your Highness lately sending into France…

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Henry decided that it was time…

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He's in Arthur's bosom, if ever a man went…

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The first battle for Henry in France…

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Their courage renewed by their leader…

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My Lord High Constable, the English…

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King Henry, meanwhile, was wandering…

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But with the morning, Henry's spirits…

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And so the Battle of Agincourt began…

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Here comes the Herald of the French…

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And so the battle concluded…

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Fair Katherine, and most fair…

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Henry VI Part I (excerpts)

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Henry VI, Part I

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Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter…

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She was Joan of Arc, called Joan…

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'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won…

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But old Lord Talbot was an experienced…

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Tut tut, here is a mannerly forbearance…

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And so the noble Lords of England divided…

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Who craves a parlay with the Burgundy?

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Unaware that he had been deserted…

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Come hither, you that would be…

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With Burgundy on their side…

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A heavy battle followed…

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…thou art come unto a feast…

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So father and son fought valiantly…

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The French could hardly believe…

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Now, ye familiar spirits…

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Left alone, and weak without her spirits…

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Be what thou wilt…

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Margaret's father, the Earl of Anjou…

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Is all our travail turn'd to…

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Charles the Dauphin was arrogant…

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I feel such sharp dissension…

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Peace had been declared…

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Henry VI Part II (excerpts)

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Henry VI, Part II

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Brave Peers of England, pillars of the state…

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These counties were the keys of Normandy…

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So, there goes our Protector…

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Some Lords agreed with the Cardinal…

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A day will come when York shall…

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If the Protector, Gloucester, was ambitious…

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My Lord of Suffolk…

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To Margaret, the Court of England seemed…

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I know their complot is to have my life…

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The angry Lords had Gloucester dragged away.

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My brain, more busy than the labouring spider…

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That night, the Duke of Gloucester was…

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What, doth my Lord of Suffolk…

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Queen Margaret too, though really glad…

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But this speech was only pretence…

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Give me thy hand, that I may dew it…

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While Suffolk boarded a ship for France…

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Be brave, then, for your captain…

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The force the city of London sent…

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How now! Is Somerset at liberty?

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There was uproar in the Court.

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Henry VI Part III (excerpts)

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Henry VI, Part III

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The factious Duke of York, descend my throne…

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Who was to be King?

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O timorous wretch!

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And so, joining the Northern Lords…

1:04
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The army of the Queen hath…

1:04
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York was surrounded by his worst enemies.

4:38
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And Clifford and Queen Margaret…

0:36
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Dazzle mine eyes…

1:02
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And Edward took his heraldic sign…

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Oh God, methinks 'twould be a happy life…

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As he dreamed, King Henry imagined…

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Likewise, Henry saw a father…

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The tide of battle at Toughton turned…

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Ay, Edward will use women honourably…

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When Warwick arrived in France to arrange…

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No more my king…

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And to prove his change of heart…

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Here is the Duke. Why, Warwick…

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While Edward was imprisoned…

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Now Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates?

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A fierce battle was fought at Barnet…

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While King Henry remained locked in his cell…

1:44
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Butchers and villains. Bloody cannibals…

0:32
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But her ravings had no effect…

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Good day my Lord. What? At your books…

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So England returned to peace…

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Richard III (excerpts)

21:39
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Richard III

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Now is the winter of our discontent…

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Nothing was going to stop Richard…

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Methoughts I had broken from the Tower…

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And his bad dreams weren't for nothing…

1:43
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Was ever woman in this humour wooed?

0:44
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Meanwhile, Edward IV's illness…

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Thus high, by thy advice and thy assistance.

1:35
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The truth was that Richard could not…

1:55
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All the time that Richard had been planning…

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Dream on thy cousins smothered in the Tower.

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Next morning, the sun was not shining…

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Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue…

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Richard II (excerpts)

24:08
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Richard II

4:34
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'This royal throne of kings, this scept'red isle…'

1:32
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Gaunt tried to warn King Richard…

3:43
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Show 9 remaining tracks for Richard II (excerpts)

'So when this thief, this traitor, Bolingbroke…'

0:31
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But Richard's confidence soon vanished…

2:13
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The young Duke of Aumerle bade Richard…

2:18
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And so Richard, with no power left to him…

2:00
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'Here, cousin, seize the crown.'

1:36
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Richard's grief at his loss overwhelmed him…

0:59
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In despair Richard smashed the mirror…

3:11
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'That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire…'

0:32
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In his dying moments…

0:59
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Henry IV Part I (excerpts)

28:52
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Henry IV, Part I

1:28
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The son, who was the theme of honour's tongue…

0:39
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Prince Hal, although he was the Prince of Wales…

2:16
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Show 16 remaining tracks for Henry IV Part I (excerpts)

Prince Hal had another friend…

2:38
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Hotspur had hoped to strike a deal…

1:23
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A plague of cowards still, say I…

2:03
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By the time Falstaff had finished his tale…

1:27
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But Falstaff's plans for their evening's entertainment…

1:47
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Then Hal and Falstaff swapped parts…

2:28
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Their play was interrupted by the arrival…

0:30
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That night at the palace…

1:09
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I will redeem all this on Percy's head.

0:52
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King Henry was moved by his son's…

2:29
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And such have I to fill up…

0:59
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King Henry made one final offer…

1:33
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The Battle of Shrewsbury raged.

1:39
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What? Old acquaintance?

0:37
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But as Hal left the battlefield, old Falstaff…

1:09
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And hoisting the body of Hotspur…

1:46
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Henry IV Part II (excerpts)

20:33
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Henry IV, Part II

2:00
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What is the gross sum that I owe thee?

1:20
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The cunning Falstaff talked very sweetly…

2:24
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You whoreson candlemine you…

1:14
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There was no time for any further questions.

5:08
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Why doth the crown lie there upon his pillow…

1:10
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Hal was sure his father was dead…

0:26
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Too full of sorrow for his father, Hal…

4:21
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God Save Thy Grace King Hal…

2:30
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Henry V (excerpts)

21:48
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Henry V

1:25
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Your Highness lately sending into France…

2:41
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Henry decided that it was time…

1:31
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He's in Arthur's bosom, if ever a man went…

1:19
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The first battle for Henry in France…

1:57
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Their courage renewed by their leader…

1:03
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My Lord High Constable, the English…

1:28
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King Henry, meanwhile, was wandering…

2:53
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But with the morning, Henry's spirits…

1:51
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And so the Battle of Agincourt began…

0:36
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Here comes the Herald of the French…

1:45
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And so the battle concluded…

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Fair Katherine, and most fair…

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Henry VI Part I (excerpts)

38:11
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Henry VI, Part I

4:17
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Dauphin, I am by birth a shepherd's daughter…

1:19
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She was Joan of Arc, called Joan…

2:30
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'Tis Joan, not we, by whom the day is won…

0:46
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But old Lord Talbot was an experienced…

2:35
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Tut tut, here is a mannerly forbearance…

2:21
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And so the noble Lords of England divided…

4:25
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Who craves a parlay with the Burgundy?

1:55
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Unaware that he had been deserted…

1:22
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Come hither, you that would be…

1:08
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With Burgundy on their side…

1:00
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A heavy battle followed…

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…thou art come unto a feast…

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So father and son fought valiantly…

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The French could hardly believe…

1:13
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Now, ye familiar spirits…

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Left alone, and weak without her spirits…

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Be what thou wilt…

3:01
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Margaret's father, the Earl of Anjou…

0:53
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Is all our travail turn'd to…

0:38
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Charles the Dauphin was arrogant…

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I feel such sharp dissension…

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Peace had been declared…

0:47
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Henry VI Part II (excerpts)

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Henry VI, Part II

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Brave Peers of England, pillars of the state…

1:17
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These counties were the keys of Normandy…

0:33
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Show 19 remaining tracks for Henry VI Part II (excerpts)

So, there goes our Protector…

0:59
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Some Lords agreed with the Cardinal…

0:39
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A day will come when York shall…

1:22
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If the Protector, Gloucester, was ambitious…

1:01
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My Lord of Suffolk…

1:17
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To Margaret, the Court of England seemed…

4:48
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I know their complot is to have my life…

1:33
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The angry Lords had Gloucester dragged away.

1:12
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My brain, more busy than the labouring spider…

1:03
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That night, the Duke of Gloucester was…

0:30
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What, doth my Lord of Suffolk…

0:54
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Queen Margaret too, though really glad…

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But this speech was only pretence…

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Give me thy hand, that I may dew it…

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While Suffolk boarded a ship for France…

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Be brave, then, for your captain…

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The force the city of London sent…

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How now! Is Somerset at liberty?

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There was uproar in the Court.

2:40
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Henry VI Part III (excerpts)

43:13
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Henry VI, Part III

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The factious Duke of York, descend my throne…

1:27
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Who was to be King?

1:20
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Show 24 remaining tracks for Henry VI Part III (excerpts)

O timorous wretch!

1:27
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And so, joining the Northern Lords…

1:04
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The army of the Queen hath…

1:04
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York was surrounded by his worst enemies.

4:38
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And Clifford and Queen Margaret…

0:36
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Dazzle mine eyes…

1:02
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And Edward took his heraldic sign…

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Oh God, methinks 'twould be a happy life…

1:30
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As he dreamed, King Henry imagined…

0:46
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Likewise, Henry saw a father…

1:21
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The tide of battle at Toughton turned…

1:34
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Ay, Edward will use women honourably…

2:02
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When Warwick arrived in France to arrange…

0:48
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No more my king…

1:21
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And to prove his change of heart…

1:29
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Here is the Duke. Why, Warwick…

1:19
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While Edward was imprisoned…

1:31
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Now Warwick, wilt thou ope the city gates?

2:19
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A fierce battle was fought at Barnet…

1:33
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While King Henry remained locked in his cell…

1:44
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Butchers and villains. Bloody cannibals…

0:32
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But her ravings had no effect…

1:07
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Good day my Lord. What? At your books…

3:46
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So England returned to peace…

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Richard III (excerpts)

21:39
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Richard III

1:46
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Now is the winter of our discontent…

1:50
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Nothing was going to stop Richard…

0:40
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Show 10 remaining tracks for Richard III (excerpts)

Methoughts I had broken from the Tower…

1:22
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And his bad dreams weren't for nothing…

1:43
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Was ever woman in this humour wooed?

0:44
$1.25

Meanwhile, Edward IV's illness…

3:44
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Thus high, by thy advice and thy assistance.

1:35
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The truth was that Richard could not…

1:55
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All the time that Richard had been planning…

1:10
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Dream on thy cousins smothered in the Tower.

2:36
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Next morning, the sun was not shining…

0:54
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Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue…

1:40
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Hide 10 tracks for Richard III (excerpts)