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Sir Thomas More writing on the coronation of Henry VIII - ‘Heaven smiles, earth rejoices; all is milk and honey and nectar,’ wrote William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, to Erasmus upon Henry VIII’s accession. Though affairs did not turn out as hoped, the accession was seen as bringing opportunities for a younger humanist generation that had been excluded from royal benefaction in the later part of the reign of Henry's father, Henry VII. More info…

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Richard Burton as Hal in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford, 1951 Part One was directed by Anthony Quayle (who also played Falstaff) and Part Two by Michael Redgrave. Photo by Angus McBean

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The Hollow Crown | Focus Features...Best movies ever?

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William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scenes 1 and 3. A literary parallel or Actor’s part. Manuscript in English on paper, Oxford or London, ca. 1586-1600.

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John of Gaunt, the Last Medieval Knight. A review of Norman Cantor's The Last Knight.

John O'gaunt - It has a long history and was once the site of a royal hunting lodge (at Rothwell Castle, off Wood Lane). One of the lodge's documented owners was John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, who is supposed to have killed the last wild boar in England while hunting nearby, hence a boar's head formed part of the arms of the former Rothwell Urban District Council.

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Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff

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‘Beau Sancy’ diamond sells for 9.7 million dollars. The 35-carat modified pear double rose cut gemstone, which since the early 17th century has successively been part of the crown jewels of France, Holland, England, Prussia and the German Empire. The diamond first entered the historical record in 1570

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Crown of an English queen (the "Bohemian" or "Palatine" crown; gold, enamel, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, pearls; height 18 cm, diam. 18 cm), western Europe, around 1370-80

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Why Hotspur Can’t Take a Joke: Temperament and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1: Public Integrity: Vol 17, No 3