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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 4 — Epilogue (Conclusion)

— 5.4 — Much noise and tumult were in the palace yard as people tried to get through a gate to get to a good place to see the baptism of the King’s daughter or see at least the procession … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scenes 2-3

— 5.2 — Before the Council Chamber in which the Privy Council were about to meet, a number of pursuivants and pages and footboys and so on were standing. Pursuivants are junior officers of the state. Cranmer entered the Council … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 5, Scene 1

— 5.1 — Gardiner, who was the Bishop of Winchester, was in a gallery in the palace in London. A page held a torch before him. A gallery is a long room in which the King and others could take … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 2

— 4.2 — In a room of the Dowager Princess’ residence in Kimbolton, several people met: Catherine, the Princess Dowager; Griffith, her gentleman-usher; and Patience, her serving woman. Catherine was sick; in fact, she was dying. Griffith asked Catherine, “How … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 1

— 4.1 — Two gentlemen met each other on a street. The coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn at Westminster Abbey was taking place that day, and she and a procession would pass along this street after she left Westminster Abbey. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 2

— 3.2 — The Duke of Norfolk, the Duke of Suffolk, the Earl of Surrey, and Lord Chamberlain talked together in an antechamber leading to King Henry VIII’s apartment. The Earl of Surrey was the Duke of Buckingham’s son-in-law; he … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s HENRY VIII: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scene 1

— 3.1 — Queen Catherine and her female attendants were sewing in a room of her apartment. Queen Catherine said to one of her female attendants, “Take up your lute, girl. My soul grows sad with troubles. Sing, and disperse … Continue reading

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