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        Richard II: What makes a king? | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        This series of videos from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown: Richard II explores the question of what makes a king. Students examine the leadership of Richard II, the rebellion against him, those who supported him as the “divine leader” of England, and those who acted to overthrow his reign. Analyze the major players: Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke, their closest allies, and consider what motivated their actions.   

        What Kind of Leader is Richard II?

        Meet King Richard II of England and learn about the fateful decision that leads to his ultimate demise: seizing his dead uncle’s wealth and land to fund the war with Ireland. This is Act II, scene i from Richard II.

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        Rebellion Against Richard II

        The Earl of Northumberland, Lord Willoughby, and Lord Ross discuss King Richard II’s incompetent leadership, his unethical decisions, and the details of a coup (led by Henry Bolingbroke) to overthrow the king. This is Act II, scene i from Richard II.

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        Bishop of Carlisle: Support for Richard II and the Divine Right of Kings

        Upon hearing the news that Richard II has given up the throne to Henry Bolingbroke, the Bishop of Carlisle makes one last plea in defense of Richard as the true king, denounces Bolingbroke’s actions, and predicts a bleak future for England if this rebellion goes unpunished. This is Act IV, scene i from Richard II.

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        The People’s Response to Bolingbroke’s Rebellion and Kingship

        In this video, learn about the public’s response to Henry Bolingbroke’s leadership and Richard’s downfall. This is Act V, scene ii from Richard II.

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        What Does Richard Think of His Kingship and The Divine Right of Kings?

        King Richard II returns to England after leading battles in Ireland, and describes what makes him the divine King of England. This is Act III, scene ii from Richard II.

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