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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 4, 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 with Soldiers and Trump and Drum
before Bordeaux.


TALBOT 
 Go to the gates of Bordeaux, trumpeter.
 Summon their general unto the wall.

Trumpet sounds. Enter General and Others aloft.

 English John Talbot, captains, calls you forth,
 Servant-in-arms to Harry, King of England,
5 And thus he would: open your city gates,
 Be humble to us, call my sovereign yours,
 And do him homage as obedient subjects,
 And I’ll withdraw me and my bloody power.
 But if you frown upon this proffered peace,
10 You tempt the fury of my three attendants,

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 Lean Famine, quartering Steel, and climbing Fire,
 Who, in a moment, even with the earth
 Shall lay your stately and air-braving towers,
 If you forsake the offer of their love.
GENERAL 
15 Thou ominous and fearful owl of death,
 Our nation’s terror and their bloody scourge,
 The period of thy tyranny approacheth.
 On us thou canst not enter but by death;
 For I protest we are well fortified
20 And strong enough to issue out and fight.
 If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed,
 Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.
 On either hand thee, there are squadrons pitched
 To wall thee from the liberty of flight;
25 And no way canst thou turn thee for redress
 But Death doth front thee with apparent spoil,
 And pale Destruction meets thee in the face.
 Ten thousand French have ta’en the Sacrament
 To rive their dangerous artillery
30 Upon no Christian soul but English Talbot.
 Lo, there thou stand’st, a breathing valiant man
 Of an invincible unconquered spirit.
 This is the latest glory of thy praise
 That I, thy enemy, due thee withal;
35 For ere the glass that now begins to run
 Finish the process of his sandy hour,
 These eyes, that see thee now well-colorèd,
 Shall see thee withered, bloody, pale, and dead.
Drum afar off.
 Hark, hark, the Dauphin’s drum, a warning bell,
40 Sings heavy music to thy timorous soul,
 And mine shall ring thy dire departure out.
He exits, aloft, with Others.

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TALBOT 
 He fables not; I hear the enemy.
 Out, some light horsemen, and peruse their wings.
Some Soldiers exit.
 O, negligent and heedless discipline,
45 How are we parked and bounded in a pale,
 A little herd of England’s timorous deer
 Mazed with a yelping kennel of French curs.
 If we be English deer, be then in blood,
 Not rascal-like to fall down with a pinch,
50 But rather, moody-mad and desperate stags,
 Turn on the bloody hounds with heads of steel
 And make the cowards stand aloof at bay.
 Sell every man his life as dear as mine
 And they shall find dear deer of us, my friends.
55 God and Saint George, Talbot and England’s right,
 Prosper our colors in this dangerous fight!
He exits with Soldiers, Drum and Trumpet.