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The Life of King Henry the Eight (facs. 1st Folio 1623)

Shakespeare’s Henry VIII may be best known not for its plot or poetry, but because during one of its earliest performances a cannon, shot for special effects, caught the theater’s thatched roof on fire, and the Globe burned to the ground. The historical material is equally incendiary, as Shakespeare deals with Henry’s divorce and his creation of the English church. This is a facsimile edition of the play from the First Folio edition of 1623

Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Folio Edition 1623 from the Chatsworth copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. with an Introduction and Census of Copies by Sidney Lee (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1902).


The text is in the public domain.

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