The Oxford Shakespeare: Henry IV Part I

Edited by David Bevington

Introducing the beloved comic character of Falstaff, this play tells of political intrigue and rebellion in the court of Henry Bolingbroke.

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Henry IV Part I

Rebellion, political intrigue and questions of kingship dominate the play described in the 1623 Folio as The First Part of Henry the Fourth. Henry Bolingbroke’s grip on power is insecure, with active insurrections by Worcester, Hotspur and Glyndwr, and the personal rebellion of his son, Prince Hal. More than political drama, Henry IV Part 1 is also the first of Shakespeare’s history plays to make extensive use of comic techniques – most famously through the larger-than-life character of Falstaff.

Production Details

The Oxford Shakespeare: Henry IV Part I book
  • 328 pages
  • Printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
  • Bound in buckram with a printed paper label
  • Coloured endpapers
  • Spine blocked in gold
  • Head and tail bands
  • 8¾” x 5½”

About the series

Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.

Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.

About the editor

David Bevington is Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

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