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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 4, 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
Enter Somerset with his army and a Captain
from Talbot’s army.


SOMERSET 
 It is too late; I cannot send them now.
 This expedition was by York and Talbot
 Too rashly plotted. All our general force
 Might with a sally of the very town
5 Be buckled with. The overdaring Talbot
 Hath sullied all his gloss of former honor
 By this unheedful, desperate, wild adventure.

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 York set him on to fight and die in shame
 That, Talbot dead, great York might bear the name.

Enter Sir William Lucy.

CAPTAIN 
10 Here is Sir William Lucy, who with me
 Set from our o’er-matched forces forth for aid.
SOMERSET 
 How now, Sir William, whither were you sent?
LUCY 
 Whither, my lord? From bought and sold Lord Talbot,
 Who, ringed about with bold adversity,
15 Cries out for noble York and Somerset
 To beat assailing Death from his weak regions;
 And whiles the honorable captain there
 Drops bloody sweat from his war-wearied limbs
 And, in advantage ling’ring, looks for rescue,
20 You, his false hopes, the trust of England’s honor,
 Keep off aloof with worthless emulation.
 Let not your private discord keep away
 The levied succors that should lend him aid,
 While he, renownèd noble gentleman,
25 Yield up his life unto a world of odds.
 Orleance the Bastard, Charles, Burgundy,
 Alanson, Reignier compass him about,
 And Talbot perisheth by your default.
SOMERSET 
 York set him on; York should have sent him aid.
LUCY 
30 And York as fast upon your Grace exclaims,
 Swearing that you withhold his levied host
 Collected for this expedition.
SOMERSET 
 York lies. He might have sent and had the horse.
 I owe him little duty and less love,
35 And take foul scorn to fawn on him by sending.

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LUCY 
 The fraud of England, not the force of France,
 Hath now entrapped the noble-minded Talbot.
 Never to England shall he bear his life,
 But dies betrayed to fortune by your strife.
SOMERSET 
40 Come, go. I will dispatch the horsemen straight.
 Within six hours they will be at his aid.
LUCY 
 Too late comes rescue; he is ta’en or slain,
 For fly he could not if he would have fled;
 And fly would Talbot never, though he might.
SOMERSET 
45 If he be dead, brave Talbot, then adieu.
LUCY 
 His fame lives in the world, his shame in you.
They exit.