King Lear is a proud and majestic monarch who has reigned over Britain for most of his life. A wise and respected ruler, he decides the time has come to pass on the burden of his responsibilities to the next generation. Lear summons his beloved daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia to announce his intention of dividing up his kingdom between them. What he wants most of all is to be loved, but instead, selfishness, greed and disloyalty bring disaster. Written in easy-to-understand prose, the "Millennium Shakespeare" series is the definitive version of Shakespeare's works for the modern reader. Accompanied by some of the finest illustrations from artists around the world, the series has been produced to entertain, educate and excite readers with wonderful stories from the greatest playwright in history, William Shakespeare.