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Mankind

Written by

G.A. Lester

Edited by

G.A. Lester

~playauthor~Written by~ G.A. Lester ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.A. Lester

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

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Roles: Total (7), Female (0), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The eponymous character of Mankind is a plain, honest farmer struggling against worldly and spiritual temptation in a morality play that is remarkable for its bawdy and energetic humour. The instructive sermon from the figure of Mercy which...

“Full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...This is the last of the connected plays of Shakespeare’s history cycle, and in many ways it is a direct sequel to Henry VI, Part 3. The Henry VI plays dramatized the long period when he was king of England, although to say that he actually...

“These fierce vanities”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...The preceding play, Richard III, ended with Richard’s defeat by Henry Tudor, who became King Henry VII. After having dramatized every reign for nearly a century, Shakespeare elected not to create a play about Henry VII’s rule. However...

“Will Fortune never come with both hands full?”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...In Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke, exiled by King Richard II and then denied his inheritance as duke of Lancaster, returned from France and deposed the unpopular Richard, making himself King Henry IV. But, as Henry IV shows, his reign...

“Once more we sit in England's royal throne”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

Books

...The Henry VI trilogy, sometimes known as “the contention plays,” is about a half-century contest for power among the noble ranks of England. There are occasional conflicts over ideology or policy – how to prosecute the war in France...

“The hearts of all his people shall revolt from him”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...The event that led to the conflict in this play – and the ensuing decades of conflict between the English and the French – happened more than a hundred years earlier.For centuries England had been part of the German/Scandinavian world. Its...

“What subject can give sentence on his King?”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...The first of the English history plays, King John, was set about 1215 CE and is something of an outlier in the cycle. Richard II is the true beginning of Shakespeare’s connected stories of the rise and fall of a series of medieval English...

“God fought for us”

Dick Riley

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings : A Guide for the Perplexed

Continuum, 2008

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...The so-called Hundred Years’ War is generally regarded as having begun in 1337 CE, when England’s King Edward III went to war in France. The previous French king had died without a son to succeed him, and Edward III, whose mother...