Robert Adger Law (essay date 1950)
SOURCE: Law, Robert Adger. “Deviations from Holinshed in Richard II.” University of Texas Studies in English 29 (1950): 91-101.
[In the following essay, Law contends that Shakespeare deviated from Holinshed's account of Richard II in the Chronicles to create a more sympathetic dramatic portrayal of the monarch.]
In a number of studies concerning the play of Richard II recently made by competent Shakespeare scholars, no one has questioned the statement that its basic source is Holinshed's 1587 Chronicle, although Dover Wilson suggests a lost play based on Holinshed.1 Yet just how closely the drama follows the Chronicle,...
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