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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 4, scene 3

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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 3
Enter a Messenger that meets York. Enter York
with Trumpet and many Soldiers.


YORK 
 Are not the speedy scouts returned again
 That dogged the mighty army of the Dauphin?
MESSENGER 
 They are returned, my lord, and give it out
 That he is marched to Bordeaux with his power
5 To fight with Talbot. As he marched along,
 By your espials were discoverèd
 Two mightier troops than that the Dauphin led,
 Which joined with him and made their march for
 Bordeaux.He exits.

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YORK 
10 A plague upon that villain Somerset
 That thus delays my promisèd supply
 Of horsemen that were levied for this siege!
 Renownèd Talbot doth expect my aid,
 And I am louted by a traitor villain
15 And cannot help the noble chevalier.
 God comfort him in this necessity.
 If he miscarry, farewell wars in France.

Enter Sir William Lucy.

LUCY 
 Thou princely leader of our English strength,
 Never so needful on the earth of France,
20 Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot,
 Who now is girdled with a waist of iron
 And hemmed about with grim destruction.
 To Bordeaux, warlike duke! To Bordeaux, York!
 Else farewell Talbot, France, and England’s honor.
YORK 
25 O God, that Somerset, who in proud heart
 Doth stop my cornets, were in Talbot’s place!
 So should we save a valiant gentleman
 By forfeiting a traitor and a coward.
 Mad ire and wrathful fury makes me weep
30 That thus we die while remiss traitors sleep.
LUCY 
 O, send some succor to the distressed lord!
YORK 
 He dies, we lose; I break my warlike word;
 We mourn, France smiles; we lose, they daily get,
 All long of this vile traitor Somerset.
LUCY 
35 Then God take mercy on brave Talbot’s soul,
 And on his son, young John, who two hours since
 I met in travel toward his warlike father.

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 This seven years did not Talbot see his son,
 And now they meet where both their lives are done.
YORK 
40 Alas, what joy shall noble Talbot have
 To bid his young son welcome to his grave?
 Away! Vexation almost stops my breath,
 That sundered friends greet in the hour of death.
 Lucy, farewell. No more my fortune can
45 But curse the cause I cannot aid the man.
 Maine, Blois, Poictiers, and Tours are won away,
 Long all of Somerset and his delay.
York and his Soldiers exit.
LUCY 
 Thus while the vulture of sedition
 Feeds in the bosom of such great commanders,
50 Sleeping neglection doth betray to loss
 The conquest of our scarce-cold conqueror,
 That ever-living man of memory,
 Henry the Fifth. Whiles they each other cross,
 Lives, honors, lands, and all hurry to loss.
He exits.