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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 3, 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
Flourish. Enter the King, Gloucester, Winchester,
Exeter; York, Warwick, and Vernon, with white roses;
Somerset, Suffolk, and Basset, with red roses.
To them, with his Soldiers, Talbot.


TALBOT 
 My gracious prince and honorable peers,
 Hearing of your arrival in this realm,
 I have awhile given truce unto my wars
 To do my duty to my sovereign;
5 In sign whereof, this arm, that hath reclaimed
 To your obedience fifty fortresses,
 Twelve cities, and seven walled towns of strength,
 Besides five hundred prisoners of esteem,
 Lets fall his sword before your Highness’ feet,
10 And with submissive loyalty of heart
 Ascribes the glory of his conquest got
 First to my God, and next unto your Grace.
He kneels.
KING HENRY 
 Is this the Lord Talbot, Uncle Gloucester,
 That hath so long been resident in France?
GLOUCESTER 
15 Yes, if it please your Majesty, my liege.

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KING HENRY 
 Welcome, brave captain and victorious lord.
 When I was young—as yet I am not old—
 I do remember how my father said
 A stouter champion never handled sword.
20 Long since we were resolvèd of your truth,
 Your faithful service, and your toil in war;
 Yet never have you tasted our reward
 Or been reguerdoned with so much as thanks,
 Because till now we never saw your face.
25 Therefore stand up; and for these good deserts
 We here create you Earl of Shrewsbury;
 And in our coronation take your place.Talbot rises.
Sennet. Flourish. All except
Vernon and Basset exit.

VERNON 
 Now, sir, to you that were so hot at sea,
 Disgracing of these colors that I wear
30 In honor of my noble Lord of York,
 Dar’st thou maintain the former words thou spak’st?
BASSET 
 Yes, sir, as well as you dare patronage
 The envious barking of your saucy tongue
 Against my lord the Duke of Somerset.
VERNON 
35 Sirrah, thy lord I honor as he is.
BASSET 
 Why, what is he? As good a man as York.
VERNON 
 Hark you, not so; in witness, take you that.
Strikes him.
BASSET 
 Villain, thou knowest the law of arms is such
 That whoso draws a sword ’tis present death,
40 Or else this blow should broach thy dearest blood.

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 But I’ll unto his Majesty, and crave
 I may have liberty to venge this wrong,
 When thou shalt see I’ll meet thee to thy cost.
He exits.
VERNON 
 Well, miscreant, I’ll be there as soon as you,
45 And after meet you sooner than you would.
He exits.