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Churchill’s Memorable Allusions to Shakespeare’s Richard II

Churchill’s Memorable Allusions to Shakespeare’s Richard II

“Allu­sions to Richard II” is extract­ed from an arti­cle for the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project. For the orig­i­nal text, click here.

Richard II and “This Sceptr’d Isle.”

We are asked: “Churchill quot­ed Shakespeare’s famous lines, ‘This scepter’d isle,’ in one of his speech­es. They are the words of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lan­cast­er, from Richard II, Act 2, sc. 1. Could you direct me to the speech?”

Churchill knew his Shake­speare and had a near-pho­to­graph­ic mem­o­ry. Dar­rell Holley’s Churchill’s Lit­er­ary Allu­sions tells us he alludes to Shake­speare more than any oth­er Eng­lish author. King John, Richard III and Ham­let are his most fre­quent ref­er­ences. Hen­ry V also moved and inspired him.…

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The Biblical Churchill, Part 1

The Biblical Churchill, Part 1

“In my Father’s house are many man­sions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to pre­pare a place for you.” —St. John 14:2[1]

“Arm your­selves, and be valiant men, and see that ye be in readi­ness against the morning…For it is bet­ter for us to die in bat­tle, than to behold the calami­ties of our peo­ple and our sanc­tu­ary. Nev­er­the­less, as the will of God is in heav­en, so let him do.” —I Mac­cabees 3:58-60[2]

“More than to any oth­er book or group of books, Churchill alludes to the King James Bible,” wrote Dar­rell Hol­ley in Churchill’s Lit­er­ary Allu­sions:

It is for him the pri­ma­ry source of inter­est­ing illus­tra­tions, descrip­tive images, and stir­ring phras­es.…

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