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The Life and Death of Richard II

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Although formally classified as one of Shakespeare’s

history plays, the story in Richard II is clearly tragic.

The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

(Holinshed’s Chronicles) (Raphael Holinshed)

provided some of the source material for Richard II,

as perhaps did The Civil Wars (1595, Samuel Daniel),

Woodstock (early 1590s, anonymous), and The Life and Death of Jack Straw (early 1590s, anonymous).

The Life and Death of Richard II


Written 1595