BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 2

King Richard the Second

Aired Unknown Dec 10, 1978 on BBC Two
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King Richard the Second
Bolingbroke wrongly accuses Mowbray of killing the Duke of Gloucester, the uncle of King Richard II. The dastardly Richard (who in fact arranged the murder himself) then orders a trial by combat between Bolingbroke and Mowbray and turns this into exile for both of them. Bolingbroke's father, John of Gaunt, dies and Richard seizes his estates to pay for a campaign in Ireland. While Richard is off fighting the Irish, leaving the Duke of York as Regent, Bolingbroke invades England and the country rises in support of him. York vacillates, Richard lands in Wales, is arrested, and surrenders the crown to Bolingbroke, who becomes King Henry IV. A plot against Henry is discovered, Henry pardons his cousin Aumerle, but Richard is murdered while imprisoned at Pontefract.moreless

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      • John of Gaunt:
        This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
        This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
        This other Eden, demi-paradise,
        This fortress built by Nature for herself
        Against infection and the hand of war,
        This happy breed of men, this little world,
        This precious stone set in the silver sea,
        Which serves it in the office of a wall
        Or as a moat defensive to a house,
        Against the envy of less happier lands —
        This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

      • Bolingbroke:
        O, who can hold a fire in his hand
        By thinking on the frosty Caucasus?
        Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite
        By bare imagination of a feast?
        Or wallow naked in December snow
        By thinking on fantastic summer's heat?
        O, no! the apprehension of the good
        Gives but the greater feeling to the worse.

      • Gaunt:
        All places that the eye of heaven visits
        Are to a wise man ports and happy havens.

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