And in the time of which we have been reading, in the England where Edward III and Richard II
ruled, where Langland sadly dreamed and Wyclif boldly wrote and preached, there lived a man who has left for us a clear and truthful picture of those times.
Besides his town palace, the Marquis had castles and palaces in various quarters of the three kingdoms, whereof the descriptions may be found in the road-books--Castle Strongbow, with its woods, on the Shannon shore; Gaunt Castle, in Carmarthenshire, where Richard II
was taken prisoner--Gauntly Hall in Yorkshire, where I have been informed there were two hundred silver teapots for the breakfasts of the guests of the house, with everything to correspond in splendour; and Stillbrook in Hampshire, which was my lord's farm, an humble place of residence, of which we all remember the wonderful furniture which was sold at my lord's demise by a late celebrated auctioneer.
had a coat, valued at thirty thousand marks, which was covered with balas rubies.
It is this puzzle of possibly arbitrary allegations that makes the beginning of Richard II
so fascinating, since it also sets the tone for the decisions that trigger the rest of the action.
The monument is featured in Shakespeare's Richard II
- it is the setting where Richard II
is captured by Henry Bolingbroke, ultimately leading to Richard's abdication and the ascension of King Henry IV.
FLINT CASTLE While Verona may be best known for its iconic balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, Flint provides the backdrop for Shakespeare's pivotal scene in his history play Richard II
1399: The first British monarch to abdicate, Richard II
, was replaced by Bolingbroke to whom he had surrendered without a fight.
Above, riders from all over the country were converging on Tynemouth for the National Scooter Riders |Association rally; below, right, Derek Jacobi who was appearing in Richard II
and Richard III at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle; bottom, boxer Frank Bruno gets into his stride in the Great North Run.
IN the deposition scene of Richard II
, Shakespeare's king obsessively repeats the word "myself.
Each one will be followed by a live Q&A on Twitter with the main actor, such as Dr Who star Tennant in Richard II
1377: Richard II
inherited the English throne, |aged 10.
marks an exciting advance in the development of Shakespeare's artistry.