Shakespeare Unbard, Episode 13: Why did Shakespeare write about King John?

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Of Shakespeare's ten plays about the English monarchy, King John stands out because it has nothing to do with anyone named Henry or Richard. Why did Shakespeare choose to write about King John and not, say, Henry III? In this episode of Shakespeare Unbard, Joel Fishbane examines this complicated play. Also: the show is summarized and two different productions are reviewed.

In this episode you'll hear clips from and reviews of:

Carroll, Tim. dir. King John. Stratford Festival of Canada, 2014.

Giles, David, dir. The Life and Death of King John. BBC, 1984.

Shakespeare, William. The Life and Death of King John (The Riverside Shakespeare). Houghton and Mifflin, 1974.

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