Which Monarchs Did Shakespeare Write The History Plays About?


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Dennis Davies Profile
Dennis Davies answered
Shakespeare wrote plays about many historical leaders. These plays are known as “histories”, and most of them were written about British monarchs.

British History
  • King John
  • Edward III (thought to be written by Shakespeare, but not included in the First Folio, which is the most concise printed collection of Shakespeare's work)
  • Richard II
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry IV, Part 2
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 2
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Richard III
  • Henry VIII
The plays Macbeth and King Lear were also about kings, but are largely fictional, so are classed as tragedies rather than histories.

Roman Histories
Shakespeare also wrote several plays about Roman leaders, but these are generally considered to be tragedies rather than histories. The plays that Shakespeare wrote about Roman leaders are:

  • Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra

Hope that helps.
robert wiiliams Profile
robert wiiliams answered
In historical order, they may go:
  • Macbeth (10th century)
  • King John
  • (Edward III?)
  • Richard II
  • Henry IV
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI
  • Richard III
  • Henry VIII
King Lear is not considered as having ever being alive.

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