The great King Lear of Britain is ready to retire, and he decides to divide his realm among his three daughters. Whichever one who proves that she loves him most will receive the largest part. Goneril and Regan flatter him, but Cordelia speaks honestly. Angered by what she says, King Lear disinherits her, though the King of France still chooses to marry her. Goneril and Regan privately ridicule their father, and eventually, they start mistreating him, infringing upon his privileges. Edmund, the bastard son of the Duke of Gloucester, schemes to overthrow his brother, Edgar, the legitimate heir, and ends up doing so by disgracing him. Gloucester exiles Edgar, but he tries to assist King Lear, who has run off into the rain. When a French army arrives on the border, as per King Lear’s request, Regan’s husband, the Duke of Cornwall, has Gloucester’s eyes gouged out. Edgar, the Duke, and King Lear then wander around the kingdom, Edgar with his now blind father and King Lear with his beloved Fool. The Earl of Kent, still loyal to the King, leads him to the French army and his daughter, Cordelia. However, he is now insane and inconsolable. The British forces defeat the French, and both Lear and Cordelia are captured. Edmund manipulates both Goneril and Regan into loving him, and Goneril poisons Regan in retaliation. When the Duke of Albany, Goneril’s husband, reveals Edmund’s scheming, Edgar kills Edmund and reveals himself. Goneril commits suicide shortly later. Under Edmund’s secret orders, Cordelia is killed, though Lear managed to slay her executioner. Lear dies of grief, and depending on the version of the play, either Edgar or the Duke of Albany is crowned king.