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Henry IV, Part 1
Act 4, scene 4

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Henry IV, Part 1, culminates in the battle of Shrewsbury between the king’s army and rebels seeking his crown. The…

Act 1, scene 1

King Henry meets with his advisers to discuss his proposed crusade to the Holy Land, but the discussion turns instead…

Act 1, scene 2

Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff taunt each other, Hal warning Falstaff that he will one day be hanged as…

Act 1, scene 3

King Henry meets with Hotspur, Hotspur’s father (Northumberland), and his uncle (Worcester) to demand that Hotspur yield his prisoners to…

Act 2, scene 1

Gadshill, the “setter” for Falstaff and his fellow thieves, seeks information at an inn about the travelers whom they plan…

Act 2, scene 2

Falstaff, Peto, Bardolph, and Gadshill rob the travelers and are, in turn, robbed by Prince Hal and Poins in disguise.

Act 2, scene 3

Hotspur reads a letter from a nobleman who refuses to join the rebellion against King Henry. Lady Percy enters to…

Act 2, scene 4

At a tavern in Eastcheap, Prince Hal and Poins amuse themselves by tormenting a young waiter while waiting for Falstaff…

Act 3, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, Mortimer, and the leader of the Welsh rebels, Glendower, meet in Wales to make final the terms of…

Act 3, scene 2

Prince Hal reconciles himself with his father by swearing to fight the rebels and to defeat Hotspur.

Act 3, scene 3

Falstaff tries to swindle the Hostess of the inn. Prince Hal offers Falstaff a command in the infantry.

Act 4, scene 1

Hotspur, Worcester, and Douglas learn that Hotspur’s father, Northumberland, is too sick to join them in the coming battle. They…

Act 4, scene 2

Falstaff discloses to the audience how he has misused his commission as an officer to take money from men eager…

Act 4, scene 3

As Hotspur argues with his fellow commanders about when to fight, they are visited by Sir Walter Blunt, who brings…

Act 4, scene 4

The archbishop of York and Sir Michael, who sympathize with Hotspur, debate the chances of his success against the king’s…

Act 5, scene 1

Worcester and Vernon visit the king’s camp, where Worcester repeats the grievances that he says have led to the rebellion….

Act 5, scene 2

Worcester lies to Hotspur, telling him that the king made no offer of pardon and is ready to begin the…

Act 5, scene 3

The battle begins. Douglas kills Blunt, who is disguised as King Henry. Falstaff enters alone to disclose to the audience…

Act 5, scene 4

Prince Hal saves King Henry from death at the hands of Douglas. Hal then meets Hotspur. While they are fighting,…

Act 5, scene 5

The king’s forces having won, King Henry condemns Worcester and Vernon to death, and the king and his supporters prepare…

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Scene 4
Enter Archbishop of York and Sir Michael.

ARCHBISHOP , handing papers 
 Hie, good Sir Michael, bear this sealèd brief
 With wingèd haste to the Lord Marshal,
 This to my cousin Scroop, and all the rest
 To whom they are directed. If you knew
5 How much they do import, you would make haste.
SIR MICHAEL 
 My good lord, I guess their tenor.
ARCHBISHOP Like enough you do.
 Tomorrow, good Sir Michael, is a day
 Wherein the fortune of ten thousand men
10 Must bide the touch. For, sir, at Shrewsbury,
 As I am truly given to understand,
 The King with mighty and quick-raisèd power
 Meets with Lord Harry. And I fear, Sir Michael,
 What with the sickness of Northumberland,
15 Whose power was in the first proportion,
 And what with Owen Glendower’s absence thence,
 Who with them was a rated sinew too
 And comes not in, o’erruled by prophecies,
 I fear the power of Percy is too weak
20 To wage an instant trial with the King.
SIR MICHAEL 
 Why, my good lord, you need not fear.
 There is Douglas and Lord Mortimer.
ARCHBISHOP No, Mortimer is not there.
SIR MICHAEL 
 But there is Mordake, Vernon, Lord Harry Percy,
25 And there is my Lord of Worcester, and a head
 Of gallant warriors, noble gentlemen.
ARCHBISHOP 
 And so there is. But yet the King hath drawn
 The special head of all the land together:

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 The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
30 The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt,
 And many more corrivals and dear men
 Of estimation and command in arms.
SIR MICHAEL 
 Doubt not, my lord, they shall be well opposed.
ARCHBISHOP 
 I hope no less, yet needful ’tis to fear;
35 And to prevent the worst, Sir Michael, speed.
 For if Lord Percy thrive not, ere the King
 Dismiss his power he means to visit us,
 For he hath heard of our confederacy,
 And ’tis but wisdom to make strong against him.
40 Therefore make haste. I must go write again
 To other friends. And so farewell, Sir Michael.
They exit.