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DURATION OF ACTION

The time of the play occupies seven days, with intervals comprising in all not more than three or four months. The historical time covers the whole of King John's reign.

THE LIFE AND DEATH

OF KING JOHN

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

KING John
PRINCE HENRY, son to the king
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, nephew to the king
The Earl of PEMBROKE
The Earl of Essex
The Earl of SALISBURY
The Lord Bigot
HUBERT DE BURGH
Robert FaulCON BRIDGE, son to Sir Robert Faulconbridge
Philip the Bastard, his half-brother
JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady Faulconbridge
PETER of Pomfret, a prophet

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Philip, king of France
Lewis, the Dauphin
Lymoges, Duke of AUSTRIA
CARDINAL PANDULPH, the Pope's legate
MELUN, a French lord
CHATILLON, ambassador from France to King John

Queen ELINOR, mother to King John
CONSTANCE, mother to Arthur
Blanch of Spain, niece to King John
LADY FAULCON BRIDGE

Lords, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers,

Messengers, and other Attendants

SCENE: Partly in England, and partly in France

SYNOPSIS

By J. ELLIS BURDICK

ACT I

When Richard Caur-de-Lion died, the crown of England should have come to his son, Prince Arthur, but his brother John usurped it. Philip of France supports the claims of Arthur and threatens to make war on England. In return John plans an invasion of France and appoints a natural son of Richard as one of the generals under the name and title of Sir Richard Plantagenet.

ACT II

An indecisive battle is fought between the English and French before Angiers in France and afterward a treaty of peace is concluded between the two kings. Blanche, niece to King John, is married to Lewis, Dauphin of France, and for her dowry the English king relinquishes certain English provinces.

ACT III

John refuses to obey a mandate of the Pope and is excommunicated. The papal legate demands that Philip refuse to abide by the terms of the treaty "on peril of a curse.” John and Philip again take up arms and the French are defeated in battle. The prince Arthur is taken prisoner and John gives instructions for his murder.

ACT IV

Hubert, an English courtier, is commissioned by John to burn out Arthur's eyes; but the boy's entreaties weaken

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