Shakespeare Reading Series
The original title of Henry VIII was All Is True.
Truth is an important concept with the play.
Truth is quite often dependent on the person speaking.
Was the Duke of Buckingham 'truly' plotting against the King or were the Surveyor's comments made out of a bitter grudge?
Shakespearean scholars have debated for years as to who is the "true" author (or authors) of the play. Most believe the play was some type of collaboration between Shakespeare and John Fletcher and possibly Phillip Massinger.
One famous bit of trivia is that Henry VIII was playing when the Globe Theatre burned down on June 29, 1613 after the chambers are discharged in Act I, Scene iv.
Some good references for the play are:
Text of the play
SparkNotes summary of the play
Britannia.com - Henry VIII
Shakespeare and the Internet
The reign of Henry VIII
See paintings of Henry VIII
Henry VIII (1979)
Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
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Last updated: 11/5/2006