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Critical Essay by Margaret E. Owens

SOURCE: “The Many-Headed Monster in Henry VI, Part 2,” in Criticism, Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer, 1996, pp. 367-82.

In the essay below, Owens probes the political dimension of Henry VI’s imagery of severed heads.

The spectacle of the severed head is so common a feature of Elizabethan and Jacobean history plays that it invites identification as the emblem (or perhaps fetish) that most prominently characterizes the genre. Visual representations of severed heads occur in a broad range of history plays, including Thomas Lodge's The Wounds of Civil War, George Peele's Edward I, William Shakespeare's Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3, Richard III, and Macbeth, George Chapman's Caesar and Pompey, Thomas Dekker's Sir Thomas Wyatt, and John Fletcher and Philip Massinger's Sir John van Olden Barnavelt.1 The reasons...

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