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The concept of absolute monarchy comes into existence during the early seventeenth century During this time most countries were ruled by a single family The head of that family a count duke king or queen was in control The English Monarchs at this time included the Plantagenet and Lancaster dynasty From these two dynasties came Richard II and Henry IV two of Englands finest kings Shakespeare inspired by the ruling of these kings constructed two distinct plays Richard II and Henry IV Throughout these plays it is evident that Shakespeare does not agree with the idea of having an absolute monarchy and especially does not agree with the way these kings rule There are several obvious clues in Richard II that suggests Shakespeare disapproved of the way Richard ruled his country During the feud between Bolingbroke and Mowbray Richard makes a split second decision to bring the duel to a halt and suggests banishing the two from England instead Richard thoroughly contemplated his decision only to make himself look more appealing to the people of England If he halts and condemns the duel he is promoting peace which is supported by all His sentence for Mowbray was to be banished from England forever but Bolingbrokes sentence was only banishment for seven years Richard knows that he must not anger the supporters of Bolingbroke in fear that Bolingbroke is next in line as King Richard flaunts a fake and phony King in this scene Richard has no cares for his people just for his own popularity In Act II Scene I Richard goes to visit John of Gaunt on his deathbed Gaunt attempts to give Richard some wise advice but Richard rebuts with anger Gaunt tells Richard that this blessed plot this earth this realm
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