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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 4, scene 7

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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 7
Alarum. Excursions. Enter old Talbot
led by a Servant.


TALBOT 
 Where is my other life? Mine own is gone.
 O, where’s young Talbot? Where is valiant John?
 Triumphant Death, smeared with captivity,
 Young Talbot’s valor makes me smile at thee.
5 When he perceived me shrink and on my knee,
 His bloody sword he brandished over me,
 And like a hungry lion did commence
 Rough deeds of rage and stern impatience;
 But when my angry guardant stood alone,
10 Tend’ring my ruin and assailed of none,
 Dizzy-eyed fury and great rage of heart
 Suddenly made him from my side to start
 Into the clust’ring battle of the French;
 And in that sea of blood, my boy did drench
15 His over-mounting spirit; and there died
 My Icarus, my blossom, in his pride.

Enter Soldiers with John Talbot, borne.

SERVINGMAN 
 O, my dear lord, lo where your son is borne!
TALBOT 
 Thou antic Death, which laugh’st us here to scorn,
 Anon from thy insulting tyranny,
20 Coupled in bonds of perpetuity,
 Two Talbots, wingèd through the lither sky,
 In thy despite shall scape mortality.—
 O, thou whose wounds become hard-favored Death,
 Speak to thy father ere thou yield thy breath!
25 Brave Death by speaking, whither he will or no.
 Imagine him a Frenchman and thy foe.—

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 Poor boy, he smiles, methinks, as who should say
 “Had Death been French, then Death had died
 today.”—
30 Come, come, and lay him in his father’s arms;
 My spirit can no longer bear these harms.
 Soldiers, adieu! I have what I would have,
 Now my old arms are young John Talbot’s grave.
Dies.
Alarums. Soldiers exit.

Enter Charles, Alanson, Burgundy, Bastard,
and Pucelle, with Forces.


CHARLES 
 Had York and Somerset brought rescue in,
35 We should have found a bloody day of this.
BASTARD 
 How the young whelp of Talbot’s, raging wood,
 Did flesh his puny sword in Frenchmen’s blood!
PUCELLE 
 Once I encountered him, and thus I said:
 “Thou maiden youth, be vanquished by a maid.”
40 But with a proud majestical high scorn
 He answered thus: “Young Talbot was not born
 To be the pillage of a giglot wench.”
 So, rushing in the bowels of the French,
 He left me proudly, as unworthy fight.
BURGUNDY 
45 Doubtless he would have made a noble knight.
 See where he lies inhearsèd in the arms
 Of the most bloody nurser of his harms.
BASTARD 
 Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder,
 Whose life was England’s glory, Gallia’s wonder.
CHARLES 
50 O, no, forbear! For that which we have fled
 During the life, let us not wrong it dead.

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Enter Lucy with Attendants and a French Herald.

LUCY 
 Herald, conduct me to the Dauphin’s tent,
 To know who hath obtained the glory of the day.
CHARLES 
 On what submissive message art thou sent?
LUCY 
55 Submission, dauphin? ’Tis a mere French word.
 We English warriors wot not what it means.
 I come to know what prisoners thou hast ta’en,
 And to survey the bodies of the dead.
CHARLES 
 For prisoners askst thou? Hell our prison is.
60 But tell me whom thou seek’st.
LUCY 
 But where’s the great Alcides of the field,
 Valiant Lord Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury,
 Created for his rare success in arms
 Great Earl of Washford, Waterford, and Valence,
65 Lord Talbot of Goodrich and Urchinfield,
 Lord Strange of Blackmere, Lord Verdon of Alton,
 Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, Lord Furnival of
 Sheffield,
 The thrice victorious Lord of Falconbridge,
70 Knight of the noble Order of Saint George,
 Worthy Saint Michael, and the Golden Fleece,
 Great Marshal to Henry the Sixth
 Of all his wars within the realm of France?
PUCELLE 
 Here’s a silly stately style indeed.
75 The Turk, that two-and-fifty kingdoms hath,
 Writes not so tedious a style as this.
 Him that thou magnifi’st with all these titles
 Stinking and flyblown lies here at our feet.

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LUCY 
 Is Talbot slain, the Frenchmen’s only scourge,
80 Your kingdom’s terror and black Nemesis?
 O, were mine eyeballs into bullets turned
 That I in rage might shoot them at your faces!
 O, that I could but call these dead to life,
 It were enough to fright the realm of France.
85 Were but his picture left amongst you here,
 It would amaze the proudest of you all.
 Give me their bodies, that I may bear them hence
 And give them burial as beseems their worth.
PUCELLE 
 I think this upstart is old Talbot’s ghost,
90 He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit.
 For God’s sake, let him have him. To keep them here,
 They would but stink and putrefy the air.
CHARLES 
 Go, take their bodies hence.
LUCY  I’ll bear them hence.
95 But from their ashes shall be reared
 A phoenix that shall make all France afeard.
CHARLES 
 So we be rid of them, do with him what thou wilt.
Lucy, Servant, and Attendants exit,
bearing the bodies.

 And now to Paris in this conquering vein.
 All will be ours, now bloody Talbot’s slain.
They exit.