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By James Goldman | Comments: ( 822 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

Insecure siblings fighting for their parents attention bickering spouses who can t stand to be together or apart adultery and sexual experimentation even the struggle to balance work and family These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century In James Goldman s classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form KeeInsecure siblings fighting for their parents attention bickering spouses who can t stand to be together or apart adultery and sexual experimentation even the struggle to balance work and family These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century In James Goldman s classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form Keenly self aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of today s theater scene, and Goldman s screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award Told in marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns Los Angeles Times , The Lion in Winter is the rare play that bursts into life on the printed page.


  • Title: The Lion in Winter
  • Author: James Goldman
  • ISBN: 9781684857753
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

James Goldman

James Goldman was an American Academy Award winning screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman.He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up primarily in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb He is most noted as the author of The Lion in Winter and author of the book for the stage musical Follies.Goldman died from a heart attack in New York City, where he had lived for many years.



Comments The Lion in Winter

  • Bettie☯

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  • Chris

    What shall we hang, the holly or each other?If that sounds like something you'd hear (or say) at one of your holiday gatherings, then it's time for this Festivus classic. Wait, Festivus classic? Absolutely. While Die Hard may be an alternate Christmas classic for those who avoid the overly heartwarming by watching Bruce Willis blow stuff up real good, this is the movie (play, I meant play!*) for those who prefer their explosions verbal and emotional. But why Festivus and not Christmas? This is, [...]


  • Marquise

    I've just spent a happy Saturday finishing this delicious book, which did live up to expectations. The Henry and Eleanor dynamics in this play would perhaps be best described as "a loving hate relationship," for you never are sure what exactly they feel for each other till the final scene, when you realise they are each other's weakness. The dialogue is wonderfully snarky and poisonously witty, like watching the two greatest swordsmen of the time duel for hours and hours non-stop, only that both [...]


  • Jemidar

    Re-read.Despite its obvious inaccuracies this is still my favourite fiction about Henry and Eleanor. Love the snark!!


  • Laura

    2014 version: youtube/watch?v=TrfbV


  • Donna

    This medieval story has a modern feel to it so that its message becomes timeless. This most dysfunctional family celebrates Christmas with betrayal and love, if not in equal parts, then with equal fervor. The best review of the play I read included the line, "King Lear" meets "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"Recommended, especially because the Hepburn/O'Toole film does not have English subtitles and the word play is too precious to guess at.


  • jennifer

    This is the play that the movie came from, and it's one of the most exciting and witty plays written. My edition has an interesting introduction by Goldman in which he relates how many people believe that the movie was made because the play was a big hit, which wasn't true. It was the movie, released over two years after the play had closed its brief Broadway run (with Christopher Walken as King Philip) that turned the play into a classic.It's Christmas, 1183, and the three princes, Richard, Geo [...]


  • Courtnie

    Extraordinary. I have a problem with despicable people. I have a bias against them, so shoot me. If you suck, I garner no enjoyment from your suckdom, and therefore will not typically read a book that is strictly about lying, conniving, murderous, adulterous, dare I say slimy?, people. Though we know little of their true personalities, I believe those adjectives could easily fit Henry II, his wife Eleanor and their crew, based on documented wars and murders alone. But I did, enjoy it that is, an [...]


  • Monica

    I confess that I'm rating the movie (1968) along with this play. I couldn't divorce the two in my mind when reading the play. The movie follows the play entirely with the movie adding the settings that help to comprehend the play. The movie is among my favorites of all time specifically because of the word play and the dialogue. And with Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor or Aquitainewell it simply doesn't get any better. This play is a brilliant representation of family dynamics and politics on stero [...]


  • Cynda

    I read the approx 100-page play in one day. I found interesting this original script of the play when compared with the 1968 version of this play played by Peter OToole and Katherine Hepburn and Antony Hopkins. I don't know whice version I like better. I enjoy both versions. They each inform the other.


  • Drew

    A very good play but I wonder if I liked it so much since I saw the 1968 film with Hepburn & O’Toole. Without imagining them saying these lines, it would have been more dry & I’d likely have gone for a 3 Star rating. The dialogue is biting and witty, but partly due to delivery and the actors are the ones to add dimensionality to the lines. I recommended both reading this and watching that fantastic movie!


  • Susana

    The love of power, the power of love and the power of power. Lovely. Those are the three things the play is about according to Michael Mayer, one of its directors.I've just watched two plays that have absolutely nothing to do with one another despite being pretty much about the same thing: a dysfunctional family get-together for a special occasion (Christmas in one, the grandfather's suicide in the other). The one is the Lion in Winter, the other August: Osage county.It's Christmas 1183. Henry I [...]


  • Miriam

    What do you know? My marriage has been immortalized. Good thing we're not playing for such high stakes.


  • Eric

    I'm about to start rehearsing to play Richard in this play, which goes up in June. It's a revisiting. I read it in college when I helped build the set for an OSU theater department production. Eight years later I played Geoffrey in a community theater version. Now on to Richard.The play takes place on a Christmas Day in the twelfth century, and concerns a unique dysfuctional family who just happen to be the Royal Family of England. There's the father, Henry II, trying to effect a peaceful transi [...]


  • Shannon

    This is a fabulous show. Well written and intriguing. The audience watches as Henry II and his estranged Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, gather together with their boys, France's prince, and Henry's mistress for a Christmas holiday. A young Richard the Lionheart debates with his brothers for the crown, struggles with his father for a wife, fights to hide an indiscretion, and plots to keep his land. Prince Geoffery schemes and Prince John snivels. Alais, Henry's mistress and Richard's fiance, is pla [...]


  • Jackie

    THIS IS A GREAT PLAY. So great that I have resorted to caps-lock, which is not something I do too much. Seriously. There are so many great quotes that I wanted to set aside and come back to later, and I did start copying them down until it became apparent that I'd be copying down the whole script and I was better off just reading it again. Which I did.If you'd rather watch it, I highly recommend the Katharine Hepburn/Peter O'Toole classic. It's remarkably faithful to the script and, of course, v [...]


  • Julia

    At Christmas 1183 at Chinon, Henry II of England brings his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine out of her prison to spend the holidays with their sons Richard, John and Geoffrey. Included in these unusual festivities are the French King Phillip II and Henry's mistress Alais. At issue is the question of the succession: who comes next after Henry's gone? The sons are all scheming for their place and the bitterness runs deep in this family. As Eleanor says near the end when all feels lost "What family doesn [...]


  • Marija

    I truly do love this play. The writing's devilishly good and wickedly fun. Some lines are real gems. To me, it doesn't matter that the story's one of fiction. The play in essence gives life to these people and makes them seem more real. And given my knowledge of the history of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and the lives of their children, some of the themes addressed in the play do indeed seem plausible.


  • Laura Wilson

    Savy, intelligent, rapid-fire dialogue; a family reunion that makes all others pale in comparison; a game of who can and who can you not trust, all wrapped up into a short read that will make you smile. Yes--you should read this book.My recommendation--listen to the audiobook. The actors who voiced these characters are absolutely brilliant!


  • ☯Emily

    A whirlwind look at a completely dysfunctional family under the guise of history. It supposedly represents Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their children in a conflict over who will replace Henry when he dies. There is much conniving, fighting, threatening and general mayhem throughout the play. I soon got bored and any intelligent person will too.


  • Eyehavenofilter

    Henry and elanore being who thety are have problems. Regal problems that can't be solved in a simple fashion. The play really is a masterpiece of words and a delightful chess game between two string willed royals who are used to getting their own way. Now they must make cibsessions and learn to work together for the common good and to find themselves together as a team.


  • Chris

    I’m not sure if Molina is the best Henry II I’ve seen or heard, but this performance of the play is darn good. The repartee is well done and even with just the audio you can hear the passion and disgust that Henry Eleanor feel for each other.


  • Blythe

    I saw the films before reading the play, which was a mistake. After seeing such impassioned performances, the script just can't help but feel a little flat and lifeless. But it's a brutal, beautiful piece of writing all the same, and well worth the time.


  • Isaac Timm

    A brilliant play that fits well with Shakespeare Histories I've been reading. But more then that it had a strong intelligent modernist voice. Brevity at it's most elegant, with what not said being as important as what is said.


  • Saman Kashi

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  • Samantha

    I just couldn't enjoy this. For me all the jokes fell flat, a few things really don't age well, some inaccuracies are so stupid and pointless, and most of all the characters don'tfeel like who they should be, which is especially grievous considering the frankly braggy introduction about how Goldman really "got into their heads." Yeah I suppose if you were a white dude in the 60s this would feel fresh. I'll still see the movie because Katherine Hepburn is the queen.


  • Jake

    I suppose it's an entertaining play. I want to see the movie. But the plot itself doesn't do much besides spin around from one intrigue to the next and back again, with little purpose and no resolution. By the end, the drama is bled out and the reader is left exhausted. The dialogue is good and, again, it did make me want to see the movie/play. I just expected more than a surface-deep plot.


  • Paul LaFontaine

    The family of Henry II comes together for the holidays to plot, scheme and devise strategems to gain the power of the throne, and over each other. The writing here is brilliant, funny and crisp. The back and forth between Henry and Eleanor of Aquitaine is fast paced and excellent. Highly Recommend


  • Molly

    We're doing this play at my theater in the upcoming year and I was contemplating auditioning. After reading the play, I am so excited to do so! This play is funny, clever, and just all-around thoroughly enjoyable.


  • catechism

    An old fave.


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