Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Some months ago I read Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon.  In one scene there is a flood on a Hollywood set that leaves two women stranded atop the head of a giant idol.  It was such an odd image that it stuck in my head.  I’ve changed the idol to a conquerer’s head and placed it in the ocean.

It reminds me somewhat of this passage from Richard II:

“… let us sit upon the ground

And tell sad stories of the death of kings;

How some have been deposed; some slain in war,

Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;

Some poison’d by their wives: some sleeping kill’d;

All murder’d: for within the hollow crown

That rounds the mortal temples of a king

Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,

Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp, …”



One thought on “Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

  1. Pingback: Zach Franzen – Death of Kings | Illustration and Art News for Illustrators and Artists

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *