Men of Iron (Version 2 Dramatic Reading) by Howard Pyle (1853 – 1911)

“The year 1400 opened with more than usual peacefulness in England. Only a few months before, Richard II—weak, wicked, and treacherous—had been dethroned, and Henry IV declared King in his stead. But it was only a seeming peacefulness, lasting but for a little while; for though King Henry proved himself a just and a merciful man—as justice and mercy went with the men of iron of those days—and though he did not care to shed blood needlessly, there were many noble families who had been benefited by King Richard during his reign, andwho had lost somewhat of their power and prestige from the coming in of the new King.

…Their plan had been to fall upon the King and his adherents, and to massacre them during a great tournament, to be held at Oxford. But Henry did not appear at the lists; whereupon, knowing that he had been lodging at Windsor with only a few attendants, the conspirators marched thither against him. In the mean time the King had been warned of the plot, so that, instead of finding him in the royal castle, they discovered through their scouts that he had hurried to London, whence he was even then marching against them at the head of a considerable army. So nothing was left them but flight. Some betook themselves one way, some another; some sought sanctuary here, some there; but oneand another, they were all of them caught and killed.

The Earl of Kent—one time Duke of Surrey—and the Earl of Salisbury were beheaded in the market-place at Cirencester; Lord Le Despencer—once the Earl of Gloucester—and Lord Lumley met the same fate at Bristol; the Earl of Huntingdon was taken in the Essex fens, carried to the castle of the Duke of Gloucester, whom he had betrayed to his death in King Richard’s time, and was there killed by the castle people. Those few who found friends faithful and bold enough to afford them shelter, dragged those friends down in their own ruin.
Just such a case was that of the father of the boy hero of this story, the blind Lord Gilbert Reginald Falworth, Baron of Falworth and Easterbridge, who, though having no part in the plot, suffered through it ruin, utter andcomplete…” (Taken from the Introduction)

Cast List

Narrator: Rita Boutros
Sir John Dale, Young Squire, Other Squire No. 2, Gosse, Groom, Bishop of Winchester, and Friend No. 1: David Purdy
Lord Falworth, Prior Edward, and Herald: Wayne Cooke
Diccon Bowman and Armorer Smith: Lynette Caulkins
Myles Falworth: Cavaet
Francis Gascoyne: Mozartjr
Earl of Mackworth: Mike Manolakes
Armorer and Sieur de la Montaigne: arbycoors
Walter Blunt: Jake Malizia
Sir James Lee and Earl of Alban: Kerry Adams
Older Bachelor: Adrian Stephens
Edmund Wilkes: llamaart
Other Squire No. 1: The Countess
Other Squire No. 3, Other Person, and Friends 2, 3, and 4: Paul Lawley-Jones
Robin Ingoldsby: Cindy Gorman
Different Bachelor and Surgeon: KevinS
LadyAnne: Nissy
Lady Alice: Michele Eaton
Lord George Beaumont: Andrew Gaunce
King Henry IV: Alan Mapstone
Attendant Gentlewoman: Carol Pelster
Marshall and Constable: Greg Giordano
Prince of Wales: Andrea Atwood
Earl Marshal: Victoria Alice Bell
Defendant: archive27vo

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