What kind of England did Shakespeare portray in Richard II?
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The English monarchy is depicted as treacherous and dishonest...... weak. Richard II's hold on the throne is tenuous as best. He isn't well liked, he lacks the strength to lead the country, and there are more than enough members of the royal family and the noblilty who are ready, willing and able to support the King's deposition. Thus, we have a country torn and on the brink of a major rebellion.