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The Lion in Winter Monologue

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
Character: Henry Ii
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes

 

Henry II: My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. Henry Fitz-Empress, first Plantagenet, a king at twenty-one, the ablest soldier of an able time. He led men well, he cared for justice when he could and ruled, for thirty years, a state as great as Charlemagne's. He married out of love, a woman out of legend. Not in Rome, or Alexandria, or Camelot has there been such a queen. She bore him many children. But no sons. King Henry had no sons. He had three whiskered things but he disowned them. You're not mine! We're not connected! I deny you! None of you will get my crown, I leave you nothing and I wish you plague!! May all your children breach and die!! My boys are gone. I've lost my boys. You dare to damn me, do You? Well, I damn you back. G*[email protected] YOU!! My boys are gone. I've lost my boys. Oh, Jesus, all my boys...