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Henry VI is tricked into marrying Margaret - lover of the Earl of Suffolk, who hopes to rule the kingdom through her influence. There is one great obstacle in Suffolk's path, however - the noble Lord Protector, who he slyly orders to be murdered. Discovering this betrayal, Henry banishes Suffolk, but with his Lord Protector gone the unworldly young King must face his greatest challenge: impending Civil War and the rising threat of the House of York.
Believed to have been written around 1591, Henry VI, Part III finishes the story of the title character and King and his involvement in the War of the Roses. Notably, this play features the longest soliloquy in all of Shakespeare in Act III, Scene II and includes more battle scenes than any of Shakespeare's dramas.
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