March 27, 2023 Glenn Stewart
“First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!” When “Dick the Butcher” bellowed his famous declaration in Henry VI 400-years ago, Shakespeare was showcasing the fascist playbook. “Butcher” is apropos, as “Dick” was a terrible, brutish man; a murderer. His partner- in-crime is Jack Cade, who’s fixated on placing himself on King Henry’s throne by any means necessary. In these men, Shakespeare concocts the most cunning, anti-intellectual characters ever to appear in his, and possibly anyone else’s work.Continue reading
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