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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scene 3

— 4.3 — Arthur, wearing the clothing of a ship-boy, stood on a wall of the castle in which he was imprisoned. He said to himself, “The wall is high, and yet I will leap down. Good ground, be pitiful … Continue reading

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

— 4.2 — King John, the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Salisbury, and some other lords met. King John had recently been crowned again. When he had been excommunicated, his subjects had been released from their vows of loyalty … Continue reading

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

— 4.1 — Hubert and some executioners met in a room in the castle where Arthur was being held prisoner. Hubert said to the executioners, “Heat these irons hot for me, and standin the alcove behind the wall hanging. When … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 3, Scenes 2-4

— 3.2 — The armies had been fighting for a while. The Bastard, holding the cut-off head of the Duke of Austria, stood on the battlefield. By killing the Duke of Austria, who had received the credit for killing Richard … Continue reading

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

— 3.1 — Constance, Arthur, and the Earl of Salisbury spoke together in the French King’s pavilion. The Earl of Salisbury had brought Constance news about the marriage of Louis the Dauphin and Blanche, niece of King John. Constance said … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — Before the city of Angiers in France, two groups of people met. Angiers was a possession of England. In one group were the Duke of Austria and some of his forces, including drummers. In the other group … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s KING JOHN: A Retelling in Prose — Cast of Characters and Act 1, Scene 1

CAST OF CHARACTERS Male Characters King John of England. Prince Henry, son to the King; after King John’s death, he becomes King Henry III of England. Arthur, Duke of Bretagne, nephew to the King; his father was King John’s older … Continue reading

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