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King Charles I’s Shakespeare Second Folio displayed at Windsor Castle

A collection of Shakespeare’s plays annotated by King Charles I while he was in captivity awaiting execution is to be displayed at Windsor Castle.

The Shakespeare in the Royal Library exhibition features the Second Folio inscribed by the king with the Latin phrase “Dum Spiro Spero”.

It means “while I breathe, I hope” and was likely written by him in 1648 on the Isle of Wight.

King Charles was taken from the island to London and beheaded in 1649.

It followed his conviction for high treason during the English Civil War.

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