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Editor says, what if the Gunpowder Plot had succeeded? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Actors thread.
In 1606,five months after the Gunpowder Plot succeeded, the dramatically altered political context permitted the bard William Shakespeare to pen Henry VII, a biting anti-monarchist satire of the protaganist and his immediate successors.
The Bard writes Henry VIIWriting a century later, the play opens with a nightmarish vision of England in 1485, a country ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. These conditions are favourable to the usurpation of the throne by the fugitive Henry Tudor, a false king favoured by luck, guile and ruthlessness.
Of course the foundation of the Tudor Monarchy was the intermarriage between the Houses of York and Lancaster, a union that might bring to an end the bloody century-long Wars of the Roses. But instead, the country had merely gained a controlling, paranoid and avaricious monarch.
Editor says, in reality Shakespeare never wrote Henry VII which is a glaring ommission in his portfolio. But in the counter-factual novel The Final Act Of Mr Shakespeare the author Robert Winder suggests ~ [London] is still reeling from the terrorist panic of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and fate soon forces him to take up his pen again. It was never possible to write about Henry VII while his granddaughter Elizabeth was Queen, but now he must. It is a perilous enterprise: King James I's spies are everywhere. In this reboot, the Plot has succeeded in some unspecified shape or form. We also explore original ideas from Thomas Penn's novel The Winter King. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.