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By William Shakespeare

In Henry VIII, Shakespeare offers a monarchy in trouble. Noblemen conflict with Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey, who taxes the folks to the purpose of uprising. Witnesses whom Wolsey brings opposed to the Duke of Buckingham declare he's conspiring to take the throne, but Buckingham turns out blameless as he is going to his death.

Henry can also be with out a male inheritor. After assembly the gorgeous Anne Bullen, he says that he suspects his present marriage to Katherine, with whom he has one surviving daughter, is invalid. Katherine, in the meantime, glows with such well suited integrity that actresses have lengthy wanted the position. She advocates for the folk, suspects the witnesses opposed to Buckingham, and eloquently defends her behavior as Henry’s wife.

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Input health care provider Butts. CRANMER So. BUTTS [Aside] this can be a piece of malice. i'm comfortable I got here this manner so fortunately. The king Shall are aware of it shortly. go out. CRANMER ’Tis Butts, The king’s health care professional. As he handed alongside, How earnestly he solid his eyes upon me. Pray heaven he sound now not my shame, for convinced this is often of objective laid by way of a few that dislike me (God flip their hearts, I by no means sought their malice) To quench mine honor. they'd disgrace to make me Wait else at door, a fellow councillor, ’Mong boys, grooms, and lackeys. yet their pleasures has to be fulfilled, and that i attend with persistence. input the King and Butts at a window above. BUTTS I’ll convey your grace the strangest sight - KING What’s that, Butts? BUTTS i feel your highness observed this many an afternoon. KING physique a me; the place is it? BUTTS There, my lord: nine fortunately thankfully 10 shortly without delay thirteen sound make identified 14 laid ready as a capture 19 s. d. (note use of higher level, now not referred to as for in different places within the play) 22 physique a me (exclamation, “by my body”) The excessive advertising of his grace of Canterbury, Who holds his country at door ’mongst pursuivants, Pages, and footboys. KING Ha? ’Tis he certainly. is that this the consideration they do each other? ’Tis good there’s one above ’em but. I had notion that they had parted a lot honesty between ’em - not less than stable manners - as now not therefore to undergo a guy of his position and so close to our desire to bop attendance on their lordships’ pleasures, And on the door too, like a put up with packets. through holy Mary, Butts, there’s knavery! enable ’em by myself, and draw the curtain shut. we will pay attention extra anon. A council desk introduced in with chairs and stools, and positioned lower than the kingdom. input Lord Chancellor, locations himself on the higher finish of the desk at the left hand, a seat being left void above him, as for Canterbury’s seat. Duke of Suffolk, Duke of Norfolk, Surrey, Lord Chamberlain, Gardiner seat themselves so as on both sides. Cromwell at decrease finish, as secretary. CHANCELLOR communicate to the enterprise, grasp secretary. Why are we met in council? CROMWELL Please your honors, the manager reason matters his grace of Canterbury. GARDINER Has he had wisdom of it? CROMWELL convinced. NORFOLK Who waits there? KEEPER with out, my noble lords? 24 holds his nation continues his dignity 27 one above (1) Henry (? ), (2) God (? ) 28 parted shared; honesty decency 30 position rank 32 submit courier; packets mail 34 permit ’em by myself don’t disturb them 35 s. d. country chair of country 39 had wisdom been knowledgeable forty with no outdoors GARDINER convinced. KEEPER My lord archbishop, And has performed part an hour to grasp your pleasures. CHANCELLOR allow him are available. KEEPER Your grace may well input now. Cranmer techniques the council desk. CHANCELLOR My solid lord archbishop, I’m very sorry to sit down right here at this current and behold That chair stand empty; yet we're all males In our personal natures frail, and able Of our flesh; few are angels; out of which frailty and wish of knowledge, you, that top may still educate us, Have misdemeaned your self, and never a bit: towards the king first, then his legislation, in filling the full realm through your instructing and your chaplains’ (For so we're expert) with new evaluations, Divers and unsafe, that are heresies, and never reformed may possibly end up pernicious.

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