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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 1, scene 5

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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 5
Here an alarum again, and Talbot pursueth the
Dauphin and driveth him; then enter Joan la Pucelle,
driving Englishmen before her. They cross the stage
and exit.
 Then enter Talbot.



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TALBOT 
 Where is my strength, my valor, and my force?
 Our English troops retire; I cannot stay them.
 A woman clad in armor chaseth them.

Enter Pucelle, with Soldiers.

 Here, here she comes!—I’ll have a bout with thee.
5 Devil or devil’s dam, I’ll conjure thee.
 Blood will I draw on thee—thou art a witch—
 And straightway give thy soul to him thou serv’st.
PUCELLE 
 Come, come; ’tis only I that must disgrace thee.
Here they fight.
TALBOT 
 Heavens, can you suffer hell so to prevail?
10 My breast I’ll burst with straining of my courage,
 And from my shoulders crack my arms asunder,
 But I will chastise this high-minded strumpet.
They fight again.
PUCELLE 
 Talbot, farewell. Thy hour is not yet come.
 I must go victual Orleance forthwith.
A short alarum. Then she prepares to
enter the town with Soldiers.

15 O’ertake me if thou canst. I scorn thy strength.
 Go, go, cheer up thy hunger-starvèd men.
 Help Salisbury to make his testament.
 This day is ours, as many more shall be.
She exits with Soldiers.
TALBOT 
 My thoughts are whirlèd like a potter’s wheel.
20 I know not where I am nor what I do.
 A witch by fear—not force, like Hannibal—
 Drives back our troops, and conquers as she lists.
 So bees with smoke and doves with noisome stench

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 Are from their hives and houses driven away.
25 They called us, for our fierceness, English dogs;
 Now like to whelps we crying run away.

A short alarum. Enter English soldiers,
chased by French soldiers.


 Hark, countrymen, either renew the fight,
 Or tear the lions out of England’s coat.
 Renounce your soil; give sheep in lions’ stead.
30 Sheep run not half so treacherous from the wolf,
 Or horse or oxen from the leopard,
 As you fly from your oft-subduèd slaves.
Alarum. Here another skirmish.
 It will not be! Retire into your trenches.
 You all consented unto Salisbury’s death,
35 For none would strike a stroke in his revenge.
 Pucelle is entered into Orleance
 In spite of us or aught that we could do.
Soldiers exit.
 O, would I were to die with Salisbury!
 The shame hereof will make me hide my head.
Talbot exits. Alarum. Retreat.