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In the 1966 play Lion in Winter written by James Goldman King Henry and Queen Eleanor have a fascinating relationship Their relationship consists of dispute over which one of their three sons should be the next King They despise one another because of the evil deeds they have done to one another Yet somehow they still love one another The quarrel over which son should be the next King is throughout the entire play Henry wants the youngest son sixteen year old John to become the next King because he loves him more than his other sons Eleanor wants Richard to be the next King because she does not want Henry to have his way She even says after Henry asked if she really cared who was King I care because you care so much She cannot choose John because Henry has picked him and she cannot choose the middle son Geoffrey because there is nothing important or interesting about him Eleanor has to choose Richard because he is the only son whom she loves The extent to which Eleanor will go to keep Henry from having his way is shown by her promising to yield her territory the Aquitaine to Henry if he lets Richard become King By the end of the play a future king is still not named King Henry and Queen Eleanor despise one another One reason for Eleanors disdain of Henry is because of his past mistress Rosamund Eleanor said Henrys bed is Henrys province he can people it with sheep for all I care Which on occasion he has done Henrys response was Still that When Rosamunds been dead for seven years Eleanor also
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