The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter❴PDF / Epub❵ ☁ The Lion in Winter Author James Goldman – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk It is Christmas of , and Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine are, for once, together in the drafty castle at Chinon For all their regal status, they are much like any long estranged but insep It is Christmas of , and Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine are, for once, together in the drafty castle at Chinon For all their regal status, they are much like any long estranged but inseparably married couple Henry flaunts his new mistress Eleanor plots against him with their sons They will do anything they can to hurt each other and they love each other to distraction. THIS PLAY IS AN ABSOLUTE RIOTIt s Christmas time 1183 and the King of England is getting old.age 50.so it s time to decide if son Richard, Geoffrey or John will wear the Crown. Siblings are ALL fighting for the title from oldest to youngest and King Henry II AND Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who have an on going love hate relationship, are in constant battle and disagreement. ALL are liars goading one another, scheming to make the best deal The Aquitaine is at stake so the lies, backstab THIS PLAY IS AN ABSOLUTE RIOTIt s Christmas time 1183 and the King of England is getting old.age 50.so it s time to decide if son Richard, Geoffrey or John will wear the Crown. Siblings are ALL fighting for the title from oldest to youngest and King Henry II AND Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, who have an on going love hate relationship, are in constant battle and disagreement. ALL are liars goading one another, scheming to make the best deal The Aquitaine is at stake so the lies, backstabbing and unkept promises change by the minute, and to top things off, the young King of France is demanding the terms of a long ago made treaty be executed regarding a certain princess and her dowry.said vixen the current ward and lover of King Henry. Such wicked humor and extreme family dysfunction.ALL vying for ultimate power made for a very entertaining readUPDATE August 11, 2019 Oh the movie Katharine Hepburn, Peter O Toole, and an oh so young Anthony Hopkins deliver quite the performance as they engage in a battle of Royal wits in this 1968 classic, but that being said, even with the actors right in front of my eyes, I STILL prefer and enjoyed the written word Wow, what a political intrigue This is not a sprawling as Game of Thrones, but it s similar to it Who will get the throne of England when Henry dies He and his wife hate love each other and Henry has a lover in his bed now Wife Eleanor is trying to put Richard I on the the throne and Henry wants to put John on the throne and no one wants Geoffrey The time is 1188 and I assume this is historically based.The characters were well rounded, devious, and everyone is willing to go to war or kill t Wow, what a political intrigue This is not a sprawling as Game of Thrones, but it s similar to it Who will get the throne of England when Henry dies He and his wife hate love each other and Henry has a lover in his bed now Wife Eleanor is trying to put Richard I on the the throne and Henry wants to put John on the throne and no one wants Geoffrey The time is 1188 and I assume this is historically based.The characters were well rounded, devious, and everyone is willing to go to war or kill to take the throne The funny thing about the play is we never find out who took the throne I am assuming it was Richard I, but it might have been John These were some brutal times King Henry wants to divorce Eleanor so he can marry his lover and then havesons for the throne He has disowned his sons and wants to lock them up Though, if he leaves them in the dungeon and they get out, he knows they will kill the young new heirs I have to say that it came as a surprise, but Richard was gay and having an affair with Phillip, King of France I didn t see that coming and I do wonder if that is historically based I know that stuff happens in history, but I have never heard that and I m also surprised it was used in 1960s America Of the the scheming characters, for some reason I have a fondness for Richard I m not sure why I do feel for middle Geoffrey as he was so forgotten The intrigue here is intense and this would be a horrible way to grow up or live in this toxic environment My flute teacher recommended this play to me saying he loved it I m glad I finally read this and checked it off my list These characters are humans, they have good sides and bad sides They are willing to do horrible things for power They are very complex It s a wonderful play What shall we hang, the holly or each other If that sounds like something you d hear or say at one of your holiday gatherings, then it s time for this Festivus classic Wait, Festivus classic Absolutely While Die Hard may be an alternate Christmas classic for those who avoid the overly heartwarming by watching Bruce Willis blow stuff up real good, this is the movie play, I meant play for those who prefer their explosions verbal and emotional But why Festivus and not Christmas ThisWhat shall we hang, the holly or each other If that sounds like something you d hear or say at one of your holiday gatherings, then it s time for this Festivus classic Wait, Festivus classic Absolutely While Die Hard may be an alternate Christmas classic for those who avoid the overly heartwarming by watching Bruce Willis blow stuff up real good, this is the movie play, I meant play for those who prefer their explosions verbal and emotional But why Festivus and not Christmas This is, after all, set at Christmas Henry II gathers together his familythe queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his sons, Richard, Geoffrey, and John Add to this the young King of France, Phillip, who has come to insist his sister Alais marry Richard, as was arranged over a decade earlier in exchange for giving a French province to England as dowry Soit s a Christmas gathering, there s the occasional carol, presents are wrappedwhy Festivus Simply put, this movie play embodies everything that is awesome about Festivus There are a few feats of strength, but really, this is all about the airing of the grievancesAnd the grievances are endlessHenry usually keeps Eleanor imprisoned in a castle, although to be fair, she has led civil wars against him Henry and Eleanor vehemently disagree over who will succeed the throne on Henry s death, their eldest son having died Eleanor backs Richard Henry sides with John No one favours Geoffrey who at one point sums up his position as,It s not the power I feel deprived of, it s the mention I missHenry also wants Alais to marry John, not Richard Oh, and Alais happens to be Henry s mistress Awkward Henry and Phillip banter and barter back and forth, Henry embodying age and experienceBy God, but I do love being kingand Phillip striving to establish himself as someone to be reckoned withI am a KING I am no man s boyAnd there s a scene with tapestriesThat s what tapestries are for that I won t spoil I cannot recommend this highly enough, as this volatile situation is delineated by Goldman s vicious, biting, sarcastic prose I can guarantee you will find yourself quoting this play at some point, probably when your family gathers for Festivus HAPPY BITTER FESTIVUS I really mean movie I have both seen and read the play, but seriously, this review is really about the movie version with Peter O Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Daltonit s one of those perfectly cast movies that everyone should see Both Richard and John succeeded Henry Richard first, who went off on Crusades leaving Prince John in charge Then John, who became king after Richard died Geoffery died and so was out of luck If these names sound familiar, yes they are the Richard and John in all the Robin Hood legends view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler We are the world in small A nation is a human thing it does what we do, for our reasons Surely, if we re civilized, it must be possible to put the knives away We can make peace We have it in our hands God, I love this play Almost every line is goldenWell what shall we hang The holly or each other It s Christmas, 1183, and King Henry II, Henry Plantagenet, is a force of nature, a whirlwind of intensity and macho He d thrown his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in prison ten years previouWe are the world in small A nation is a human thing it does what we do, for our reasons Surely, if we re civilized, it must be possible to put the knives away We can make peace We have it in our hands God, I love this play Almost every line is goldenWell what shall we hang The holly or each other It s Christmas, 1183, and King Henry II, Henry Plantagenet, is a force of nature, a whirlwind of intensity and macho He d thrown his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, in prison ten years previously, and has brought her back for Christmas Court Their three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John are each a very different piece of work, and their parents are sparring over which of their unfit children should inherit the throne.The 1968 film version starring the magnificent pairing of Peter O Toole and Katharine Hepburn is a favorite of mine a must see , but this was my first reading I ve always thought the acting was brilliant, and like most plays, it s better to see it performed But what material they were given Henry Give me a little peace Eleanor A little Why so modest How about eternal peace Now there s a thought I ve just spent a happy Saturday finishing this delicious book, which did live up to expectations The Henry and Eleanor dynamics in this play would perhaps be best described as a loving hate relationship, for you never are sure what exactly they feel for each other till the final scene, when you realise they are each other s weakness The dialogue is wonderfully snarky and poisonously witty, like watching the two greatest swordsmen of the time duel for hours and hours non stop, only that both I ve just spent a happy Saturday finishing this delicious book, which did live up to expectations The Henry and Eleanor dynamics in this play would perhaps be best described as a loving hate relationship, for you never are sure what exactly they feel for each other till the final scene, when you realise they are each other s weakness The dialogue is wonderfully snarky and poisonously witty, like watching the two greatest swordsmen of the time duel for hours and hours non stop, only that both use words instead of weapons both give as much as they take, both parry and wound and go down just to spring back to their feet, and when you think one of them has lost and will admit defeat out of sheer exhaustion Forget that deceptive impression, they just unsheathe their claws again And their boys are far from acting as squires or public they happily step in and fight themselves a series of private duels The only victim here, if she can be called so for she also has some pluck, is Ala s, who at one point groans that there are kings, queens, knights everywhere you look, and I m the only pawn Those inveterate Angevins are at their best here, the book earns therefore a place amongst my keepers I confess that I m rating the movie 1968 along with this play I couldn t divorce the two in my mind when reading the play The movie follows the play entirely with the movie adding the settings that help to comprehend the play The movie is among my favorites of all time specifically because of the word play and the dialogue And with Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor or Aquitainewell it simply doesn t get any better This play is a brilliant representation of family dynamics and politics on st I confess that I m rating the movie 1968 along with this play I couldn t divorce the two in my mind when reading the play The movie follows the play entirely with the movie adding the settings that help to comprehend the play The movie is among my favorites of all time specifically because of the word play and the dialogue And with Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor or Aquitainewell it simply doesn t get any better This play is a brilliant representation of family dynamics and politics on steroids Genius work Almost 4.5 Stars Hilarious Sharp, witty writing Not sure what else to say besides I loved it But there s a definite Game of Thrones vibe, I think because of the warring family aspect ahem Lannisters but whether you read this or see it, it s a gem. Re read.Despite its obvious inaccuracies this is still my favourite fiction about Henry and Eleanor Love the snark Extraordinary I have a problem with despicable people I have a bias against them, so shoot me If you suck, I garner no enjoyment from your suckdom, and therefore will not typically read a book that is strictly about lying, conniving, murderous, adulterous, dare I say slimy , people Though we know little of their true personalities, I believe those adjectives could easily fit Henry II, his wife Eleanor and their crew, based on documented wars and murders alone But I did, enjoy it that is, an Extraordinary I have a problem with despicable people I have a bias against them, so shoot me If you suck, I garner no enjoyment from your suckdom, and therefore will not typically read a book that is strictly about lying, conniving, murderous, adulterous, dare I say slimy , people Though we know little of their true personalities, I believe those adjectives could easily fit Henry II, his wife Eleanor and their crew, based on documented wars and murders alone But I did, enjoy it that is, and the wonder of it all is that this play is written so well that these crazy people became holy cheese, I m gonna say it , endearing On top of that, this play reads well on paper So for anyone whose experience in reading plays hasn t ventured out beyond Shakespeare in high school, this would be a great next go For those with some experience reading plays, I dare you not to take up your part in the mirror The lines are so rich and biting and funny that you have to pause while reading to search for just the perfect inflection Truly gorgeous I ve never seen the movie either the 1968 Peter O Toole Katharine Hepburn nor the 2003 Glenn Close rendition , but I don t have too The characters are already alive for me, thanks to James Goldman s extraordinary talent

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  • Hardcover
  • 110 pages
  • The Lion in Winter
  • James Goldman
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
  • 039440615X