A Day in the Life: A Play Part I of III
King Thomas-English King
Prince Francis-son of King Thomas
Queen Matilda- Queen of England
Choir of England-elders
Ira Van Humboldt- German Chancellor
King Vanderbilt-German King
Father Joshua- English Priest and Preacher against the union of Germany and England
Lord Martin of Penbroke-Cousin to King Thomas and Chief Advisor
Scene 1: English Castle Ira Van Humboldt is at talk with King Thomas and Queen Matilda
Enter King Thomas and Chancellor Ira Van Humboldt
King Thomas: A good day shines upon our two nations Chancellor Humboldt does it not?
Chancellor Van Humboldt: Good indeed my Kingly brethren this meeting is to set aside the war upon which our two nations fight
Enter Prince Francis with Choir of England
Prince Francis: Sorry for my intrusion father, but the elders must speak to you at once
Choir: Dear king eldest among us a German invasion here threatens the well being of your English brethren this grand scheme of King Vanderbilt to conquer all England with a grand army and you sire King let in this spy?
King Thomas: How dare you accuse Sir Humboldt of any foul treachery your words border on treason be gone ye elders
Exit Choir of England-elders
King Thomas: My many pardons Chancellor Humboldt my elders are concerned about this deal we strike here on this beautiful bright day, Son you may leave as well
Exit Prince Francis
Enter Matilda, Queen of England
Queen Matilda: A bright and lovely day indeed the cloud of fair German hidden behind the soiled earth alas I knew King Vanderbilt well a brutal man tis he and yet I weep no tears for such treachery to fair England the elders know best I see the blood on mine hands and in mine eyes if we accept this treatise are land will be destroy’d husband forget this treachery bestow upon us by German soldiers not
King Thomas: Not my own wife forget thine guilt accept Chancellor Humboldt as a man here to reform our land and re-unite us with our European brethren
Chancellor Humboldt: Sire may I request a room to sleep for a fortnight?
King Thomas: It shall be done Chancellor Humboldt rest for upon the rise of yonder sun we shall discuss the peace between our kindred for I wish my son to grow up in peace
Exit Chancellor Humboldt
Scene 2: The bedroom of Chancellor Van Humboldt, who is restless and seeks his guards for company
Enter Guards and Chancellor Van Humboldt
Guards: Sir you requested our presence
Chancellor Humboldt: Aye I am restless for tommor’w I must tell King Thomas of the declaration of war instead of the novel peace he wishes King Vanderbilt has wont of this land he shall destroy this kingdom if need be
Guards: What a triffle here is a grand king freely admonishing for peace for his fair son and here your treachery is as blatant to all but him his eyes shadowed over by the great love of his son shall be his undoing
Chancellor Humboldt: Aye indeed this love for his son he is marked thrice a fool marked by that same love he shall be lost to the coming war died with lies on his tongue and false hope in his mind ah I pity this Kingly foolishness
Guards: Sire what is it we must do in this coming morrow to prepare our assault on this befooled king
Chancellor: You shan’t worry fine guards’ his eyes befool him his love doth blind him as Cupid is. His hands stretch him out and nailed be he to the Iron Cross by the morrow.
Chancellor: Be gone I wish to sleep
Chancellor: Mine eyes betray me sleep doth come
Scene 3: King Thomas’ bedroom
Enter Queen and King
Queen: Art thou mad for mad you must be or wanting madness you art blind thy villain in the next room doth betray you but idle fancies make idle man fools
King: be quiet women for I am not mad nor blind I see clearly
Queen: Doest thou? why does thou believe that retch of Germany? For thy son or for thyself is’t or is’t something one hides from thine wife? I see fie fie to thine king I shall retire to thy son to watch o’er his sleep be you up seek thee
King: O cruel is Fate my hands tied behind my back by a scarlet rogue, my own wife doth beseech my. I cry I weep for England’s Rose for what of the future of my son.
Scene 1: The Palace of England
Enter King Thomas and Lord Martin of Penbroke
Lord Martin of Penbroke: Ah ‘tis a foul wind that blows from Germany, ah as foul as the sack of fair Rome. Cousin I feel that the winds change in our favor for if not we shall fall as Rome once died and our land shall be plundered as Rome was.
King Thomas: Ay fair sir, valiant knight, we shall o’ert’ken this German, traitor to England’s Rose. Prithee what is thy plan cuz.
Martin: Blind is he who declareth war on thine enemies face to face I sayeth we engage on pitch in yonder field strike a stance Alla Stacotta in yonder battle thrust into Germans heart and be rid of threat. Methinks I hear the Elders approach
Choir: Befooled king lift off the blindfold as Cupid doest to aim. a mad man, cast out thy German brethren, doest love make thee mad? Foul Germany does thou wrong