Episode 5 - The Wars of the Roses

07.02.2019 - By The Bicks Do...Shakespeare

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As we enter the world of Shakespeare's history plays, we figured it was time for a backgrounder on the period of history being shown, as we understand it today. Starting with the dynastic feud that ran the course of almost all of Shakespeare's English history plays - the twin tetralogies with their numerous Henrys and penchant for big battles - the Wars of the Roses. 
Follow along as we give you a condensed version of the history, opine about the nature of kingship, and talk about the recursive impact of Shakespeare: the way he wrote about history, and subsequently helped shape the way that same history has been viewed ever since.
Notes:

(lineage chart from: https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/resource/wars-of-the-roses-family-trees/)
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