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King Henry IV, Part 1 (English Edition) von [Shakespeare, William]

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Arguably the greatest English-language playwright, William Shakespeare was a seventeenth-century writer and dramatist, and is known as the Bard of Avon. Under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I, he penned more than 30 plays, 154 sonnets, and numerous narrative poems and short verses. Equally accomplished in histories, tragedies, comedy, and romance, Shakespeare s most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, and As You Like It.

Like many of his contemporaries, including Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare began his career on the stage, eventually rising to become part-owner of Lord Chamberlain s Men, a popular dramatic company of his day, and of the storied Globe Theatre in London.

Extremely popular in his lifetime, Shakespeare s works continue to resonate more than three hundred years after his death. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright s, have been translated into every major language in the world, and are studied widely by scholars and students.


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I read it with the utmost pleasure! I really had't had much familiarity with Shakespeare's histories, but because I watched "the Hollow Crown" series, I felt like trying to read the plays as well, am currently reading Henry V after having read Richard II and Henry IV. Much has been said about the wonders of Shakespeare, and I fully agree. I sat reading his plays out loud because Shakespeare just wants to be spoken, and it has cleared up some of the more complicated parts for me, having read them myself. I love the language and have found that the histories are actually rather less difficult to understand than some of his other pieces, simply because it tells a less complicated tale. I hightly reccomend the histories to people, who would like to ease gently into Shakespeare!
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HASH(0x8f80d90c) von 5 Sternen Shakespeare's clinic on leadership 2. August 2014
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Was William Shakespeare trying to tell us something? On the surface, 1 Henry IV is about civil war, with an array of memorable characters who live, breathe, and speak in verse, as only the Bard could imagine them. However, you soon realize there is more going on than at first meets the eye. Shakespeare is showing us how some leaders succeed while others fail. 1 Henry IV is nothing less than Shakespeare's clinic on leadership.

First there's Henry IV, who deposed Richard II and now faces opposition to his legitimacy as England's king. Henry is an able administrator but perhaps not a great leader. He gets by. Faced with civil war, he's distracted by small issues, such as his son Prince Hal, who's spending most of his time in an Eastcheap tavern. Hal promises his father he will reform . . . when he's ready. In one memorable scene, King Henry wishes his son had somehow been switched at birth with brave Harry Percy. Harry Percy, also known as Hotspur, is fearless and idealistic, a man of action and not words. He's also a hothead and leader of the rebel faction. Hotspur knows everything about leading an army into battle and nothing about the politics of running a kingdom.

Then there's the Fat Knight, Sir John Falstaff. War and politics do not interest Falstaff in the slightest, other than as fodder for his litany of jokes. Unlike Hotspur, Falstaff (one of Shakespeare's great comic inventions) is a master of wordplay and punning, and an inveterate lover of wine, women and song. Falstaff has no means of support other than his sharp wit. Indeed, words are his capital. They pay for his food and drink and lodging, and get him out of jams.

Finally, there's Prince Hal, the next in line to be crowned king of England. Hal's ambition is little more than drinking and trading puns with Falstaff at the Boar's Head Tavern. In act I, Shakespeare shows us that Hal has exceeded Falstaff as the master of wordplay. With civil war pending, Hal returns to the court of King Henry, convinces his father he has reformed, and prepares to lead the English army into battle against Hotspur and the Scottish and Welsh rebels.

When the scene shifts back to Hotspur, we learn the result of his idealism. He sees the world in terms of black and white, of good and evil, and therefore lacks political savvy. It's a fault that leads to his death, as his co-partners in rebellion manipulate his lust for honor in order to refuse King Henry IV's offer of a truce. Ultimately, Hotspur is the tragic figure, caught in the trap of his own idealism.

At the other extreme is Falstaff, who is asked to head up a battalion (he is a knight afterall--Sir John Falstaff). His consuming interest is staying alive, and making money on the side. Rather than hire a first-class outfit as expected, he recruits the dregs of society and pockets the money that's intended as their pay. As he puts it, his ragtag battalion is mere "fodder for bullets" and won't live long enough to spend it. He dismisses talk of honor. "Can honor set to a leg? No. Can honor mend a wound? No. What is honor? Air. Therefore I'll none of it." When confronted in battle, Falstaff falls down and plays dead. For all his impropriety, Falstaff proves to be more politically astute than Hotspur: able to bluff, to bide his time, and ultimately to survive.

After the battle, Prince Hal is a hero and the toast of England, primed to be the next king. What is Shakespeare telling us? Mainly this: Hal's wasted years in the tavern taught him well the art of rhetoric and verbal give-and-take, thus making his transition to the court smooth and effortless. Indeed, it is to Falstaff, the actor and liar, to whom Hal is most indebted, as the world of the court is one where power belongs to those best able to improvise in response to ever-changing circumstances, and where compromise and consensus-building are the tools of effective leadership. With Shakespeare, as with life, it's the pragmatic leaders who give a little to get a little, that ultimately succeed.

Shakespeare was at the height of his powers when he wrote 1 Henry IV. Indeed, this is stagecraft of a very high order, that also makes for engaging reading. Good, easy to follow editing and page layout, make this a five star recommendation. Decidedly.
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HASH(0x8f80d96c) von 5 Sternen Serviceable 24. Januar 2012
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This is a bare bones text, with no commentary or study aids. For those familiar with Shakespeare's works, this is fine for a refresher, or to follow along in a play or movie. Inexperienced readers would be advised to stick to the standards such as Henry IV, Part I (Folger Shakespeare Library). On that basis I'd give it a three, but hey, it's a free download, and it's a great play. If you haven't seen it performed, then it will boot thee to see BBC Shakespeare Histories (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Richard II, Richard III). Sir Anthony Quayle is a superb Falstaff.
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HASH(0x8f80dc48) von 5 Sternen Quite nice. 23. April 2013
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In the first part of this series Henry Bolingbroke has deposed his cousin King Richard II and became King Henry IV.
Now, constantly haunted by guilt, he plans a crusade to wash away his sins, while the very same people who helped him to the throne are planning to overthrow him and put a Yorkist claimer on it and stir troubles in both Wales and Scotland.
But his troubles are not only abroad but also closer to home - his heir has no intention to fulfill his duties as the Prince of Wales and rather drink and dally with the lower-classes.

The structure is also well-defined for an easy access - the king and his courtiers suffer in the palace, Harry and his friends revel in the "slums", Percies plot in the North and in the end of the first part all meet on the battlefield.
In the second half there's still more plotting by those who survived or didn't take part in the Shrewsbury battle, Falstaff goes recruiting and Harry decides it's time to grow up.

I really liked this duo of plays and it's unforgatable characters: Hotspur, who has lovely relationship with his wife and is as nuts as King Richard IV from "Blackadder"; Falstaff, who has some great monologues and whose banters with Harry are funny as hell; and Harry himself, who's really funny and good with a sword and a source of constant dissapointment for his father.
The second half I've found not as interesting as the first, more like an afterthought and a necessary conclusion, but I did found Prince John's clever plot to end the rebellion to be rather awesome.
HASH(0x8e98b18c) von 5 Sternen Reintroduction to Shakespeare 26. Dezember 2015
Von Robert Herschede - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read King Henry IV, Part 1 for a local book club. It is the first time since high school that I have read any of Shakespeare's works. I am glad this was my reintroduction. I enjoyed the play and look forward to reading other works by the Bard.

Shakespeare presents two difficulties for me... The first is the language. Most of it is easily enough understood... Or at least the context is. There is some, however, that is so archaic it gives me pause. The second is following the story in play format. I found it helpful to have a dictionary close by for reference and to read the play aloud as opposed to trying to read it quietly. I think it would be even better if it could be performed by a group as opposed to me alone.

The play reminds me of the mastery of Shakespeare. The lines are poetic and the imagery is fantastic. There was more than one quote that really stuck with me and I'll ponder these lines long after. I also enjoyed learning something of a history that wasn't taught when I was in school.

I am looking forward to Part 2 and would encourage anyone to give King Henry IV a chance.
HASH(0x8f80da2c) von 5 Sternen Alright but overrated 24. März 2013
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Bias Alert - I really do not like Shakespeare. I find him rather vulgar and his humor is not the kind that good jokes should be made of.
John Falstaff, in this play, was a fun and ridiculous character. He was, perhaps, meant to portray all the people who make themselves seem better than they really are, which I think Shakespeare did cleverly. Content:

Violence: none
Sex: the usual bawdy comments and 'sly' jokes concerning women. Ten being the worst content, this gets a two.
Language: none

So I guess if you like Shakespeare, you might as well check this one out. It's a quick read with funny characters.
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