Thomas of Woodstock (play)

Thomas Of Woodstock (Play)

Thomas of Woodstock (play)

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Thomas of Woodstock and Richard the Second Part One are two common names for an untitled, anonymous and apparently incomplete manuscript of an Elizabethan play depicting events in the reign of King Richard II. Some scholars have attributed it to William Shakespeare, although it does not appear in at least two of the major editions of the Shakespeare Apocrypha.Tucker Brooke,C.F. The Shakespeare Apocrypha. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1918; Kozlenko, William,Disputed Plays of William Shakespeare, New York: Hawthorne Publishers, 1974 The play often is cited as being a probable influence upon Shakespeare's Richard II, as well as possibly Henry IV, Parts 1The Riverside Shakespeare at 842, 2000 (2nd ed. 1997) and 2.

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The play survives only as an anonymous, untitled and incomplete manuscript, part of a collection in the British Library catalogued as MS. Egerton 1994. It is one of fifteen plays included in the collection discovered by James Halliwell-Phillipps, which also includes Edmund Ironside, another play whose authorship has been attributed by some scholars to William Shakespeare.Sams, Eric. (1986). Shakespeare's Edmund Ironside: The Lost Play. Wildwood Ho. ISBN 0-7045-0547-9

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