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Richard II

Written: 1595 Texts: Quartos 1597, 1608, First Folio 1623 (History)
Source: Hall, Edward (1498-1547). The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York (3rd. ed., 1550); Holinshed, Raphael (c. 1528-c. 1580). The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. (2nd ed., 1587); Anonymous. Thomas of Woodstock(c. 1592); Froissart, Jean(c.1337-1410). Chroniques (1495?)(John Bourchier's English translation in 1523-5); William Baldwin ed. The Mirror for Magistrates (1559 ed.); Daniel, Samuel (c.1562-1619). The Civil Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (1595-1609)
Characters: Richard II, Henry Bullingbrook, Edmund of Langley Duke of York, John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, Earl of Northumberland, Thomas Mowbray, Queen to Richard, Duchess of York, Duke of Aumerle
Setting: London and Wales
Time: AD 1398-1400

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I have been studying how I may compare

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I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world;
And for because the world is populous,
And here is not a creature but myself,
I cannot do it; yet I’ll hammer it out.
My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul,
My soul the father, and these two beget
A generation of still-breeding thoughts;
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