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"The Lion In Winter" by James Goldman
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"The Lion In Winter" takes place during the Christmas festivities of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their sons. What English dynasty are they members of?
On the subject or royal families, Princess Alys of France is living with the English royals and, indeed, sleeping with Henry although she is supposed to be betrothed to either John or Richard, depending on which one Henry names as heir to the throne. The guest of honor at Chinon is going to be her brother, King Philip of France. What French dynasty do Philip and Alys belong to?
Henry and Eleanor have three living sons at the time of "The Lion In Winter". Their eldest, also named Henry, and indeed crowned in his father's lifetime as Henry, was known as Henry the Young King. The three surviving sons, all central characters in "The Lion in Winter," are Richard, Geoffrey, and John. Which of these will NOT be a King of England?
None will be king - Henry disinherits them all.
Geoffrey has one of the tastiest lines in the play. "I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know that Henry knows and Henry knows we know it. We're a _______ family."
Henry (to Eleanor): "I've snapped and plotted all my life."
He goes to say that this is the only way to be three things all at once. What are they?
"A king, a father, and your husband all at once!"
"A king, a husband, and alive all at once."
"A king, a father, and alive all at once."
"A king, alive, and fifty all at once."
Fed up with his sons' betrayals and plots, Henry has a tremendous speech that starts "My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived." In it, he speaks of marrying, out of love, a woman out of legend. How many sons does he say she bore him?
Henry and Eleanor have a vicious argument when he decides to have their marriage annulled and their sons disinherited. She taunts him in return with the claim that she slept with his father, Geoffrey of Anjou, and drives him out of the room as he literally screams with rage. Eleanor soliloquizes, saying which of these?
"Well, that could have gone better."
"Well, what family doesn't have its little secrets?"
"I thought he'd be pleased."
"Well, what family doesn't have its ups and downs?"
Henry has his sons thrown into the dungeon. "The royal boys are aging with the royal port!" Why did he do this?
He plans to remarry and remove them from the succession.
They tried to kill Eleanor.
They tried to kill him.
They tried to leave Chinon without his permission.
In a climactic confrontation with his sons, literally at knifepoint with them, Henry gains the upper hand, draws his sword, and sentences them to death. He raises the sword to strike down Richard, but the Lionheart survives. Why?
Richard is in fact wounded but not killed.
Richard dodges the blow, which strikes Geoffrey instead.
Henry cannot bring himself to kill him.
Richard falls to his knees and begs forgiveness.
Left alone after their sons leave the dungeon, Eleanor, near despair, tells Henry, "We're jungle creatures, Henry, and the dark is all around us. See them ... in the corners? You can see the eyes."
What does Henry answer?
"I'll hold you."
"I hope we never die."
"And they can see ours."
"I've lost my boys."
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Compiled Jun 28 12