Henry The Seventh


With the exception of "King John," the historical plays of "Shakespeare" extend consecutively from the reign of Richard II to that of Henry VIII with one gap and one gap only, namely, the play of Henry VII is omitted. "Shakespeare's," play of Richard III ends with the crowning of Henry VII by Lord Stanley, who plucks the crown from Richard's dead temples.

Francis Bacon wrote one historical work in prose: The Historie of the raigne of King Henry the Seventh, published in 1622. This history begins with the crowning of Henry VII on the battlefield by Lord Stanley, who finds the crown among the spoils, and this History ends at the point where Shakespeare takes it up again in the play of "Henry VIII."

Is it a coincidence that Bacon wrote a History of Henry VII in prose, beginning at the exact point where "Shakespeare" left off in Richard III and leaving off at the exact point where "Shakespeare" begins again in "Henry VIII?"


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