Edited by Dr. Michael Egan
1 Richard II is a natural companion and supplement to Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Richard II (2 Richard II). Set in 1387, twelve years before Bullingbrook's usurpation, the action focuses on the key events of Richard's early reignâthe growing political tension between him and his uncles, his marriage to the saintly Anne of Bohemia, the imposition of the Blank Charters tax, his leasing of the kingdom to Bushy, Bagot, Green and Scroop (turning England into a 'pelting farm'), Anne's untimely death, the abduction and murder of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester. The story climaxes at the Battle of Radcot Bridge where the young king and his minions are defeated by Woodstock's brothers, John of Gaunt and Edmund of Langley.
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