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Title: And Villeins Ye Shall Remain
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Play: Richard II, pre-canon
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke, with a couple of mildly slashy bits; references to Henry/Mary de Bohun and Richard/Robert de Vere that don't really affect the story
Warnings: fairly graphic discussion of severed heads, incessant monologizing, unsubtle dramatic irony, privileged people being all sad about being oppressors
Rating: PG for discussion of violence
Summary: Henry isn't coping very well with the aftermath of the Peasants' Revolt. Surprisingly, neither is Richard.
Notes: Many thanks to R. and A. for beta-reading, church-picking, and general support/handholding, and to M., who is largely responsible for most of my knowledge of the revolt. Details of events (insofar as they appear in this fic) are drawn from various chronicles, Nigel Saul's biography of Richard, and R.B. Dobson's book on the revolt, which is still fairly standard. The rumor about Richard letting the rebels into the Tower is drawn from Walsingham; I'm not sure whether it was actually current or just Walsingham maligning Richard after the deposition (it wouldn't be the only time he did this), but I couldn't resist mentioning it. Finally, I know the prompt asked for h/c, but I couldn't get Richard and Henry to have any sort of interaction that involves much comfort. They are essentially the opposite of it. I hope this will please nevertheless; it was fun to write.

Henry hasn't slept well since the rising. )
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[livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair and I have a new year's gift -- since that is TOTALLY HOW THEY DID IT BACK THEN -- for histories!fandom, in the form of our first ACTUAL FIC COLLABORATION. Hope you enjoy!

Title: Fugue, Chorale
Author: [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair and [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Characters/Pairing: Richard/Aumerle
Rating: R
Word Count: 2745
Warnings: Fairly explicit sex, extremely explicit angst, bad poetry, puns, hunting references, unhealthy uses of ink, hypothetical references to sex with John Gower
Notes: Edward of York wrote The Master of Game, the oldest extant English hunting manual, at least partly while in prison on suspicion of treason (he was, obviously, not convicted). It is in large part a translation of Gaston de Foix's Livre de chasse, as Edward himself points out in the story, although there are additions and subtractions to make the work suitable for an English audience. All quotations from the text come from the well-known 1904 edition with an introduction by Theodore Roosevelt, who refers to the text's two authors as "mighty men with their hands." (Fnarr.) There is no evidence that Edward was working on this project as early as 1396-97 (which is when we are assuming this fic takes place), but he could have been, as the original was completed ten years previously.

Edward looked down at his hands and beneath them he saw not only -- papers-- ink-- words -- )
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Title: Not With the Empty Hollowness
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair
Play: Richard II
Characters/Pairing: Richard/Anne, Richard/Aumerle, Richard/Robert de Vere, with reference to Richard/Isabel and Richard/minions
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1876
Warnings: Somewhat graphic illness and decay; medieval English attitudes toward the Irish; gratuitous vomit; inexplicit sex
Summary: Nature is fine in love, and where 'tis fine / It sends some precious instance of itself / After the thing it loves.
Notes: Some details are clarified in endnotes. Where history diverges from Shakespeare, I have followed Shakespeare throughout. Many thanks to everyone who offered input and encouragement during the writing of this fic.

O that I were as great
As is my grief, or lesser than my name!
Or that I could forget what I have been,
Or not remember what I must be now!

-- Richard II 3.3.136-39


There were once three kings out hunting when they became separated from their retainers.... )
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Title: Brittle Glory
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Play: Richard II
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] absinthe_shadow
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Richard II/Henry Bolingbroke, with subsidiary Richard/Anne of Bohemia and Richard/Robert de Vere
Warnings: There isn't really anything here that's any more disturbing than canon. Though there is a vague reference to ass-pokering (well, strictly speaking it only mentions the poker and not the ass, but we know where that poker is going).
Rating: PG
Summary: Kingship really, really messes people up.
Notes: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire for beta-reading, and to [livejournal.com profile] aris_tgd and [livejournal.com profile] commodorified for moral support.

The first time Henry saw Richard after his father's death he was alone in the oratory, sitting on the floor rather than kneeling at a prie-dieu like you were supposed to do in a chapel, and before he could leave Richard turned and saw him and then he was trapped. )
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Title: An Excellent Moral
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Play: Richard III
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Princess Elizabeth, Jane Shore
Rating: gen, nothing objectionable.
Notes: Your real fic will be up on Saturday. This flashfic was written really quickly in the interests of everyone getting a little something off the bat. Title is actually from Henry V.
Summary: Princess Elizabeth gets advice on queenship from an odd source.

When her mother came to tell her that she would be the next Queen of England, Elizabeth was paging listlessly through her book of hours and wondering if she could ever get used to reading it all the time. )
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Title: The Good Son
Author: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2
Play: 1 and 2 Henry IV. A little of the first section technically takes place during the fifth act of Richard II.
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure
Character(s)/Pairing: Prince Hal, Prince John of Lancaster
Rating: Irredemably gen. Contains post-battle ickiness, emotional stuntedness, and gratuitous use of the pathetic fallacy.
Notes: I gave up on trying to pretend there is any correspondence between the play's timeline and the historical timeline somewhere around the third segment. I feel I am just being true to the source. And yes, the title was inspired by Nick Cave.
Summary: John of Lancaster is a prick. But he has his reasons.

The first time Harry came back to court was for King Richard's funeral. )

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