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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 2, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Talbot, Bedford, Burgundy, a Captain and Others.

BEDFORD 
 The day begins to break and night is fled,
 Whose pitchy mantle over-veiled the Earth.
 Here sound retreat and cease our hot pursuit.
Retreat sounded.
TALBOT 
 Bring forth the body of old Salisbury,
5 And here advance it in the marketplace,
 The middle center of this cursèd town.

Soldiers enter bearing the body of Salisbury,
Drums beating a dead march.


 Now have I paid my vow unto his soul:
 For every drop of blood was drawn from him
 There hath at least five Frenchmen died tonight.
10 And, that hereafter ages may behold
 What ruin happened in revenge of him,
 Within their chiefest temple I’ll erect
 A tomb wherein his corpse shall be interred,
 Upon the which, that everyone may read,
15 Shall be engraved the sack of Orleance,
 The treacherous manner of his mournful death,
 And what a terror he had been to France.
Funeral exits.
 But, lords, in all our bloody massacre,
 I muse we met not with the Dauphin’s grace,
20 His new-come champion, virtuous Joan of Arc,
 Nor any of his false confederates.
BEDFORD 
 ’Tis thought, Lord Talbot, when the fight began,
 Roused on the sudden from their drowsy beds,
 They did amongst the troops of armèd men
25 Leap o’er the walls for refuge in the field.

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BURGUNDY 
 Myself, as far as I could well discern
 For smoke and dusky vapors of the night,
 Am sure I scared the Dauphin and his trull,
 When arm-in-arm they both came swiftly running,
30 Like to a pair of loving turtledoves
 That could not live asunder day or night.
 After that things are set in order here,
 We’ll follow them with all the power we have.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
 All hail, my lords. Which of this princely train
35 Call you the warlike Talbot, for his acts
 So much applauded through the realm of France?
TALBOT 
 Here is the Talbot. Who would speak with him?
MESSENGER 
 The virtuous lady, Countess of Auvergne,
 With modesty admiring thy renown,
40 By me entreats, great lord, thou wouldst vouchsafe
 To visit her poor castle where she lies,
 That she may boast she hath beheld the man
 Whose glory fills the world with loud report.
BURGUNDY 
 Is it even so? Nay, then, I see our wars
45 Will turn unto a peaceful comic sport,
 When ladies crave to be encountered with.
 You may not, my lord, despise her gentle suit.
TALBOT 
 Ne’er trust me, then; for when a world of men
 Could not prevail with all their oratory,
50 Yet hath a woman’s kindness overruled.—
 And therefore tell her I return great thanks,
 And in submission will attend on her.—
 Will not your Honors bear me company?

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BEDFORD 
 No, truly, ’tis more than manners will;
55 And I have heard it said unbidden guests
 Are often welcomest when they are gone.
TALBOT 
 Well then, alone, since there’s no remedy,
 I mean to prove this lady’s courtesy.—
 Come hither, captain.Whispers.
60 You perceive my mind?
CAPTAIN 
 I do, my lord, and mean accordingly.
They exit.