Date

1966

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Hook, Frank S.

Abstract

The Renaissance paramount political theme of educating a ruler has generally been recognized as the main concern of the Henry IV plays. The widely established theory, propounded notably by Mr. Dover Wilson and Dr. Tillyard, has been that the education continues through thetwo plays Henry IV and that of the two requisites of ideal kingship (Chivalry and Justice), Prince Hall attains the first in Part One and the second in Part Two. This study proposes that the Prince does attain both qualifications in Part One on the basis that his reconciliation with the King is a reconciliation with justice.

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