Quick! If somebody said “the most hapless of Monarchs”, in reference to a Shakespeare character, who are they talking about?
All the fun is taken out of the question, though, when you get to the second half : “This king is in the title of Shakespeare’s only trilogy,” and the answer is of course Henry,
Apparently it was a question on Jeopardy.
I’ve always thought it would be great for Jeopardy to do a Shakespeare-themed show. They periodically have a category for him, which is nice, but if you really tried I bet you could fill up the entire board, twice. And then we Shakespeare geeks could Tivo it and watch again and again and again and again ….
UPDATE: As clarified for me in the comments, the answer of “Henry” is hardly sufficient, as Henry IV/V/VI refer to different people, AND Henry VI is actually 3 plays by itself. So the correct Jeopardy answer would have been, “Who is Henry VI?”
It was early and I was blatantly reposting without thinking. Sorry for the lapse in quality, folks. Go read the Judi Dench post that came next, I promise I actually researched all my links for that one. :)