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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 1, scene 4

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With an underage boy now king of England, Henry VI, Part 1, depicts the collapse of England’s role in France, as…

Act 1, scene 1

The funeral procession for Henry V is interrupted first by a quarrel between Gloucester and Winchester and then by messengers…

Act 1, scene 2

Charles the Dauphin, leader of the French, is defeated by a small English force that is besieging Orleance. He is…

Act 1, scene 3

Gloucester visits the Tower of London, only to be denied entry by Winchester. The servants of the two nobles skirmish…

Act 1, scene 4

The master gunner of Orleance shows his boy how to fire on the English when they come to spy. The…

Act 1, scene 5

Talbot attacks, fights Pucelle, fails to defeat her, and accuses her of witchcraft. The English, defeated, retreat.

Act 1, scene 6

The French celebrate Pucelle’s victory.

Act 2, scene 1

The English forces, led by Bedford, Burgundy, and Talbot, scale the walls of Orleance and drive out the French, who…

Act 2, scene 2

The English plan a grand tomb for the dead Salisbury, in part as a monument to their recent victory. Talbot…

Act 2, scene 3

The Countess plots to capture and kill the visiting Talbot.

Act 2, scene 4

Richard Plantagenet and Somerset, having quarreled over a case at law, withdraw into a garden, where the supporters of Plantagenet…

Act 2, scene 5

Edmund Mortimer, imprisoned by Henry IV because of his strong claim to the throne, and kept in prison by Henry…

Act 3, scene 1

Gloucester and Winchester quarrel openly in Henry VI’s royal court. Their supporters, forbidden to carry weapons, have been fighting in…

Act 3, scene 2

Pucelle and four soldiers, disguised as peasants, enter Roan. From a tower within the city, Pucelle signals to the French…

Act 3, scene 3

As Talbot and Burgundy march separately to Paris for the coronation of Henry VI, Pucelle entices Burgundy to join the…

Act 3, scene 4

In Paris, a grateful Henry VI creates Talbot Earl of Shrewsbury in recompense for his victories in France. Vernon, a…

Act 4, scene 1

Henry VI is crowned. Fastolf arrives with a letter from Burgundy and, because of his earlier cowardice in battle, is…

Act 4, scene 2

As Talbot draws up his troops before Bordeaux, he learns that he is surrounded by much greater French forces.

Act 4, scene 3

Sir William Lucy urges York to help Talbot, but York refuses to march until Somerset unites his cavalry with York’s…

Act 4, scene 4

Sir William Lucy chastises Somerset for not having helped Talbot, but Somerset blames York, who has apparently refused to communicate…

Act 4, scene 5

Talbot has been joined by his son John Talbot, whom he urges to flee certain death. John Talbot refuses to…

Act 4, scene 6

Talbot again urges his son to flee and is again rebuffed.

Act 4, scene 7

Talbot, holding his dead son, dies. Sir William Lucy comes to claim their bodies from the victorious French.

Act 5, scene 1

Henry follows Gloucester’s advice to make peace with France and to agree to marry the daughter of the earl of…

Act 5, scene 2

Charles is informed that the divided English army has united and is advancing toward him.

Act 5, scene 3

As the French face likely defeat, Pucelle conjures up devils, but they refuse to help, and she is captured by…

Act 5, scene 4

Pucelle, on her way to be executed by the English, is visited by her shepherd father, whom she scorns and…

Act 5, scene 5

Suffolk persuades Henry to marry Margaret over the objections of Gloucester. Suffolk plans to control Margaret and, through her, the…

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Scene 4
Enter the Master Gunner of Orleance and his Boy.

MASTER GUNNER 
 Sirrah, thou know’st how Orleance is besieged
 And how the English have the suburbs won.
BOY 
 Father, I know, and oft have shot at them;
 Howe’er, unfortunate, I missed my aim.
MASTER GUNNER 
5 But now thou shalt not. Be thou ruled by me.
 Chief master-gunner am I of this town;

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 Something I must do to procure me grace.
 The Prince’s espials have informèd me
 How the English, in the suburbs close entrenched,
10 Went through a secret grate of iron bars
 In yonder tower, to overpeer the city,
 And thence discover how with most advantage
 They may vex us with shot or with assault.
 To intercept this inconvenience,
15 A piece of ordnance ’gainst it I have placed,
 And even these three days have I watched
 If I could see them. Now do thou watch,
 For I can stay no longer.
 If thou spy’st any, run and bring me word;
20 And thou shalt find me at the Governor’s.He exits.
BOY 
 Father, I warrant you, take you no care;
 I’ll never trouble you if I may spy them.He exits.

Enter Salisbury and Talbot on the turrets,
with Sir William Glansdale, Sir Thomas Gargrave,
Attendants and Others.


SALISBURY 
 Talbot, my life, my joy, again returned!
 How wert thou handled, being prisoner?
25 Or by what means gott’st thou to be released?
 Discourse, I prithee, on this turret’s top.
TALBOT 
 The Duke of Bedford had a prisoner
 Called the brave Lord Ponton de Santrailles;
 For him was I exchanged and ransomèd.
30 But with a baser man-of-arms by far
 Once in contempt they would have bartered me,
 Which I disdaining, scorned, and cravèd death
 Rather than I would be so vile-esteemed.
 In fine, redeemed I was as I desired.
35 But O, the treacherous Fastolf wounds my heart,

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 Whom with my bare fists I would execute
 If I now had him brought into my power.
SALISBURY 
 Yet tell’st thou not how thou wert entertained.
TALBOT 
 With scoffs and scorns and contumelious taunts.
40 In open marketplace produced they me
 To be a public spectacle to all.
 “Here,” said they, “is the terror of the French,
 The scarecrow that affrights our children so.”
 Then broke I from the officers that led me,
45 And with my nails digged stones out of the ground
 To hurl at the beholders of my shame.
 My grisly countenance made others fly;
 None durst come near for fear of sudden death.
 In iron walls they deemed me not secure:
50 So great fear of my name ’mongst them were spread
 That they supposed I could rend bars of steel
 And spurn in pieces posts of adamant.
 Wherefore a guard of chosen shot I had
 That walked about me every minute-while;
55 And if I did but stir out of my bed,
 Ready they were to shoot me to the heart.

Enter the Boy with a linstock.
He crosses the main stage and exits.


SALISBURY 
 I grieve to hear what torments you endured,
 But we will be revenged sufficiently.
 Now it is supper time in Orleance.
60 Here, through this grate, I count each one
 And view the Frenchmen how they fortify.
 Let us look in; the sight will much delight thee.
 Sir Thomas Gargrave and Sir William Glansdale,
 Let me have your express opinions
65 Where is best place to make our batt’ry next?

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GARGRAVE 
 I think at the north gate, for there stands lords.
GLANSDALE 
 And I, here, at the bulwark of the bridge.
TALBOT 
 For aught I see, this city must be famished
 Or with light skirmishes enfeeblèd.
Here they shoot, and Salisbury
and Gargrave fall down.

SALISBURY 
70 O Lord, have mercy on us, wretched sinners!
GARGRAVE 
 O Lord, have mercy on me, woeful man!
TALBOT 
 What chance is this that suddenly hath crossed us?—
 Speak, Salisbury—at least if thou canst, speak!
 How far’st thou, mirror of all martial men?
75 One of thy eyes and thy cheek’s side struck off!—
 Accursèd tower, accursèd fatal hand
 That hath contrived this woeful tragedy!
 In thirteen battles Salisbury o’ercame;
 Henry the Fifth he first trained to the wars.
80 Whilst any trump did sound or drum struck up,
 His sword did ne’er leave striking in the field.—
 Yet liv’st thou, Salisbury? Though thy speech doth fail,
 One eye thou hast to look to heaven for grace.
 The sun with one eye vieweth all the world.
85 Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive
 If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands!—
 Sir Thomas Gargrave, hast thou any life?
 Speak unto Talbot. Nay, look up to him.—
 Bear hence his body; I will help to bury it.
Attendants exit with body of Gargrave.
90 Salisbury, cheer thy spirit with this comfort,
 Thou shalt not die whiles—

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 He beckons with his hand and smiles on me
 As who should say “When I am dead and gone,
 Remember to avenge me on the French.”
95 Plantagenet, I will; and, like thee, Nero,
 Play on the lute, beholding the towns burn.
 Wretched shall France be only in my name.
Here an alarum, and it thunders and lightens.
 What stir is this? What tumult’s in the heavens?
 Whence cometh this alarum and the noise?

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
100 My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head.
 The Dauphin, with one Joan la Pucelle joined,
 A holy prophetess new risen up,
 Is come with a great power to raise the siege.
Here Salisbury lifteth himself up and groans.
TALBOT 
 Hear, hear, how dying Salisbury doth groan;
105 It irks his heart he cannot be revenged.
 Frenchmen, I’ll be a Salisbury to you.
 Pucelle or puzel, dauphin or dogfish,
 Your hearts I’ll stamp out with my horse’s heels
 And make a quagmire of your mingled brains.
110 Convey we Salisbury into his tent,
 And then try what these dastard Frenchmen dare.
Alarum. They exit.