I am not mad: this hair I tear is mine
Power, politics, lineage and legitimacy are all on the line in one of the least performed plays in the canon. Richard the Lionheart is dead. His less than heroic brother, John, is determined to keep his grasp on the English throne, in spite of the stronger claims of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Increasingly threatened by Arthur’s supporters at home and in France, John finds the chilling answer to his woes: he will blind the boy with hot irons.