Curtmantle by Christopher Fry

bookshelves: autumn-2015, radio-4x, play-dramatisation, historical-fiction

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from October 29 to November 03, 2015

Description: Can Henry II rule his kingdom wisely and keep faith with his friends like Thomas Becket?

King Henry II was simple and royal, (his nickname of “Curtmantle” derived from the plain short cloak he wore) direct and paradoxical, compassionate and hard, a man of intellect, a man of action, God-fearing, superstitious, blasphemous, far-seeing, short-sighted, affectionate, lustful, patient, volcanic, humble and over-riding.

It’s difficult to think of any facet of man which at some time he didn’t demonstrate, except chastity and sloth.

Starring Brian Cox as Henry II, Bernard Hepton as Becket, Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Eleanor
and Norman Rodway as William Marshal


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