The Rise of Queen Margaret - Stuff That Happens in the Play
Long live Queen Margaret, England's happiness.
STUFF THAT HAPPENS BEFORE THE PLAY:
- Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)
- The rival families of York and Lancaster chose to wear red and white roses to proclaim their different loyalties.
- The English defeat the French and burn Joan of Arc at the stake for witchcraft.
STUFF THAT HAPPENS IN THE PLAY:
- Henry VI marries the French noble Margaret of Anjou, whom eventually conspires with Suffolk to influence the King and plot against the Protector of the Crown, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester.
- Gloucester's wife, Eleanor, wants to influence the king and eventually participates in witchcraft.
- The Duke of York reveals his claim to the throne and gains support from Salisbury and Warwick.
- The Earl of Suffolk is banished for the assassination of Gloucester; pirates kill him as soon as he leaves England.
- Henry sends York to the wars in Ireland.
- York stages a rebellion through Jack Cade, who rouses the rabble for the task and declares himself the Mayor of London.
- Politicking, assassination, promises of revenge, and the rise of Richard III ensue.