January 06, 2017

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

The critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical plays returns, with three more star-studded films covering the events of Henry VI Parts One, Two and Three, and Richard III, all of which deal with events surrounding the bloody civil conflict known as the War of the Roses.

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, as English forces seek to conquer France, the charismatic King Henry V dies, leaving his infant son to take the crown. Seventeen years later, the realm is under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester and the teenage Henry VI.

However, bitter defeat in France cause unrest in Henry’s court, as the young monarch seeks to mitigate his losses by marrying the formidable Margaret of Anjou, whose introduction as the new queen only exacerbates already escalating quarrels.

Amid the turmoil, the ambitious noble Plantagenet learns of his own strong claim to the English crown, sowing the seeds of conflict between the houses of York and Lancaster.
Season 2

Henry VI Part 1 Ep 1    Ep 1   

The King is dead and England is in crisis.  War rages with the French and divisions within the English court threaten the crown.  Young Henry VI causes outrage by marrying Margaret of Anjou, forcing an unwanted truce; the scene is set for Civil War.

Henry VI Part 2   Ep 2     Ep 2  
Bitter rivalries erupt into the Wars of the Roses.  The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret and her faction of Lancastrian Lords, his reign further undermined by disaffected nobles supporting the House of York.  Battle and bloodshed ensues and the Yorkists triumph.  Edward IV takes the throne, but his youngest brother Richard has his eyes firmly on the crown.

Richard III  Ep 3    Ep 3
Richard, the most notorious of Shakespeare’s kings, manipulates and betrays his way through the court on a bloodthirsty and ruthless path to the throne.  But after Richard’s defeat at the battle of Bosworth Field, the Houses of Lancaster and York—the red rose and the white—are united, bringing to an end the Wars of the Roses and long tumultuous period of civil strife.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so very much Jane for having this on your Website. . Our PBS Station no longer had Part 1 or 2 available. I really wanted our Young Adults to have an opportunity to watch this excellent production.