Henry VI is crowned. Fastolf arrives with a letter from Burgundy and, because of his earlier cowardice in battle, is stripped of his Garter by Talbot and banished by Henry. The letter from Burgundy announces his defection, and Henry sends Talbot to attack him. Vernon and Basset seek royal permission to fight a duel, as in turn do their patrons York and Somerset. Henry denies permission to them. He then dons the red rose of Somerset’s party but says he inclines no more to Somerset than to York. Henry orders York and Somerset to join forces against the French.