Synopsis Lessons in Love and Violence
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The King lives in a close but uneasy relationship with his wife, Isabel, his two children, and his lover, Gaveston, a man that the people fear and hate. With the country on the brink of famine and civil unrest, the King’s military advisor, Mortimer, a utilitarian who believes that all forms of love are ‘poison’, accuses him of political irresponsibility. On an impulse, the King banishes Mortimer, setting off a chain of devastating events.
The banishment of Mortimer.
At Mortimer’s instigation, Isabel is forced to confront the destitution and anger of the people, and agrees to the murder of Gaveston.
The King asks Gaveston to predict his – the King’s – future. At a private entertainment, Gaveston is seized.
On learning that Gaveston has been killed, the King rejects Isabel, leaving him fatally isolated.
Mortimer and Isabel set up house together. They groom the King’s son to be puppet-king.
Mortimer visits the King in prison and persuades him to abdicate in his son’s favour. Soon after this, the King encounters death.
The King’s son breaks free from the control of his mother Isabel. Before an invited audience, he restores order.