The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter $12.99

James Goldman

Published by Samuel French Ltd

5 Male 2 Female

King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Geoffrey and John

He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution

Henry favors the youngest son while Eleanor favors the eldest

The middle son hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top

Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress, but that would only add to the contenders

Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen

This mundane history is glorified in language that is brilliant in its ability to characterize, its rhetorical impact, its actability, and its generative power

Few since Shakespeare have had such a marvelous gift for truly comic repartee


Goldman "craves syllables as pleasantly as he does hides. Wear a windbreaker. There's quite a gale" ~ N.Y. Herald Tribune

"A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill" ~ N.Y. Times

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