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Henry VI, Part 1
Act 5, scene 1

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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 1
Sennet. Enter King, Gloucester, and Exeter,
with Attendants.


KING HENRY, to Gloucester 
 Have you perused the letters from the Pope,
 The Emperor, and the Earl of Armagnac?
GLOUCESTER 
 I have, my lord, and their intent is this:
 They humbly sue unto your Excellence
5 To have a godly peace concluded of
 Between the realms of England and of France.
KING HENRY 
 How doth your Grace affect their motion?
GLOUCESTER 
 Well, my good lord, and as the only means
 To stop effusion of our Christian blood
10 And stablish quietness on every side.
KING HENRY 
 Ay, marry, uncle, for I always thought
 It was both impious and unnatural
 That such immanity and bloody strife
 Should reign among professors of one faith.
GLOUCESTER 
15 Besides, my lord, the sooner to effect
 And surer bind this knot of amity,
 The Earl of Armagnac, near knit to Charles,
 A man of great authority in France,
 Proffers his only daughter to your Grace
20 In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry.
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ACT 5. SC. 1

KING HENRY 
 Marriage, uncle? Alas, my years are young;
 And fitter is my study and my books
 Than wanton dalliance with a paramour.
 Yet call th’ Ambassadors and, as you please,
25 So let them have their answers every one.
An Attendant exits.
 I shall be well content with any choice
 Tends to God’s glory and my country’s weal.

Enter Winchester, dressed in cardinal’s robes,
and the Ambassador of Armagnac, a Papal Legate,
and another Ambassador.


EXETER, aside 
 What, is my Lord of Winchester installed
 And called unto a cardinal’s degree?
30 Then I perceive that will be verified
 Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy:
 “If once he come to be a cardinal,
 He’ll make his cap coequal with the crown.”
KING HENRY 
 My Lords Ambassadors, your several suits
35 Have been considered and debated on;
 Your purpose is both good and reasonable,
 And therefore are we certainly resolved
 To draw conditions of a friendly peace,
 Which by my Lord of Winchester we mean
40 Shall be transported presently to France.
GLOUCESTER, to the Ambassador of Armagnac 
 And for the proffer of my lord your master,
 I have informed his Highness so at large
 As, liking of the lady’s virtuous gifts,
 Her beauty, and the value of her dower,
45 He doth intend she shall be England’s queen.

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ACT 5. SC. 2

KING HENRY, handing a jewel to the Ambassador 
 In argument and proof of which contract,
 Bear her this jewel, pledge of my affection.—
 And so, my Lord Protector, see them guarded
 And safely brought to Dover, where, inshipped,
50 Commit them to the fortune of the sea.
All except Winchester and Legate exit.
WINCHESTER 
 Stay, my Lord Legate; you shall first receive
 The sum of money which I promisèd
 Should be delivered to his Holiness
 For clothing me in these grave ornaments.
LEGATE 
55 I will attend upon your Lordship’s leisure.He exits.
WINCHESTER 
 Now Winchester will not submit, I trow,
 Or be inferior to the proudest peer.
 Humphrey of Gloucester, thou shalt well perceive
 That neither in birth or for authority
60 The Bishop will be overborne by thee.
 I’ll either make thee stoop and bend thy knee,
 Or sack this country with a mutiny.
He exits.