King Richard II | Critical Essay by Jean-Christophe Mayer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of King Richard II.
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Critical Essay by Jean-Christophe Mayer

SOURCE: Mayer, Jean-Christophe. “Shakespeare's Religious Background Revisited: Richard II in a New Context.” In Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England, edited by Dennis Taylor and David Beauregard, pp. 103-20. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003.

In the following essay, Mayer demonstrates how Shakespeare's Richard II exacerbated the volatile and ideologically unstable climate of the late Elizabethan period. The critic details how different political and religious factions manipulated the play's themes of loyalty and betrayal to serve as propaganda for their own causes, culminating in an alleged staging of the play the night before the ill-fated Essex Rebellion.

When Shakespeare completed Richard II in 1595, he was writing in a period that historians have ceased to regard as congenial.1 Those “nasty nineties,” as Patrick Collinson observed, were certainly not a period...

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