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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Arkangel Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arkangel Shakespeare Collection Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781483012889
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King Henry is married to Katherine of Aragon, but he has been smitten by the charms of the queen’s maid of honor, Anne Bullen, and is tempted to divorce his dignified and noble wife. 

Meanwhile, the lords of England resent the influence of Henry’s trusted advisor, Cardinal Wolsey, who is gradually drawing power into his own hands. As Katherine and Wolsey suffer their tragic falls, new figures rise to fill their places, but they, too, will be brought low by the inexorable sweep of time and fortune. 

This colorful history play, possibly written in collaboration with John Fletcher, comes from the very end of Shakespeare’s dramatic career.

Paul Jesson plays Henry VIII, and Jane Lapotaire plays Queen Katherine. Timothy West is Cardinal Wolsey.

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  • “The fine production…infuses much more life into this stately, pageant-like play than one might expect from the text…A lifelike sound design that even includes the murmurs of agreement or dismay of listening characters.”

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Author William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.