'Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere'
Henry IV Part 1, Act 5, Sc. 4
A poor physician’s daughter, Helena has dared to fall in love with the young Count Bertram. After she cures the king who was suffering from a terrible disease, she asks for Bertram’s hand in marriage as a reward.
Conspiracy, betrayal, and assassination. Shakespeare’ shortest play includes the events leading up to the assassination of Caesar as well as much of the subsequent war, in which the deaths of the leading conspirators constituted a sort of revenge for the assassination.
One of Shakespeare's earliest plays that represents the dramatist's first foray into the popular genre of revenge tragedy. Its horrors are notorious, but its powerful poetry of grief is the work of a true tragic poet.