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Henry VI, Part 2
Act 5, scene 3

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With a weak, unworldly king on the throne, the English nobility heightens its struggle for power in Henry VI, Part 2,…

Act 1, scene 1

King Henry meets his consort Queen Margaret, brought by Suffolk from France. The nobles fall into dissension, with the Cardinal,…

Act 1, scene 2

The Duchess of Gloucester’s dream of becoming queen is rebuked by her husband but encouraged by the treacherous priest John…

Act 1, scene 3

Queen Margaret and Suffolk dismiss petitioners seeking Gloucester’s aid and then conspire against Gloucester. Somerset and York then clash, as…

Act 1, scene 4

The Duchess of Gloucester watches while a spirit is conjured up to prophesy the fates of her rivals, but she…

Act 2, scene 1

King Henry and his court are hunting when they are interrupted by an announcement of a miracle in nearby Saint…

Act 2, scene 2

York persuades Salisbury and Warwick of the validity of his claim to the throne.

Act 2, scene 3

King Henry sentences the Duchess to public penance and exile, and removes Gloucester from his office as Lord Protector. Then…

Act 2, scene 4

Gloucester watches his Duchess’s public humiliation as she goes into exile. He is summoned to Parliament.

Act 3, scene 1

In Parliament Queen Margaret and the nobles level charges against Gloucester, but King Henry remains convinced of his uncle’s innocence….

Act 3, scene 2

The news of Gloucester’s murder makes King Henry faint and the Commons rise to demand Suffolk’s exile. The King obliges…

Act 3, scene 3

The Cardinal dies.

Act 4, scene 1

Attempting to sail to France, Suffolk is captured by shipmen and brutally assassinated.

Act 4, scene 2

In a plot instigated by York, Jack Cade leads a rebellion against King Henry. The Staffords seek to put it…

Act 4, scene 3

Cade defeats and kills the Staffords and marches on London.

Act 4, scene 4

King Henry flees London and Queen Margaret mourns Suffolk’s death. Lord Saye, whom the rebels hate, decides to hide in…

Act 4, scene 5

Citizens of London plead for military aid from Lord Scales, who commands forces at the Tower. He sends Matthew Gough,…

Act 4, scene 6

Cade enters London.

Act 4, scene 7

Cade defeats and kills Gough. Lord Saye is captured and killed.

Act 4, scene 8

Lord Clifford and Buckingham persuade Cade’s followers to return to King Henry. Cade flees.

Act 4, scene 9

As King Henry rejoices at Cade’s defeat, a messenger announces York’s approach with an Irish army ostensibly seeking Somerset’s arrest…

Act 4, scene 10

A starving Cade is killed in a fight with the Kentish gentleman Alexander Iden, in whose garden Cade looked for…

Act 5, scene 1

Buckingham seemingly placates York, and King Henry rewards Iden. York, seeing Somerset at liberty, announces his claim to the throne,…

Act 5, scene 2

York kills Lord Clifford, and York’s son Richard kills the Duke of Somerset. Defeated in battle, King Henry flees to…

Act 5, scene 3

Victorious, York and his followers set out for London.

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Scene 3
Alarum. Retreat. Enter York, Edward, Richard,
Warwick, and Soldiers, all wearing the white rose,
with Drum and Colors.


YORK 
 Of Salisbury, who can report of him,
 That winter lion, who in rage forgets
 Agèd contusions and all brush of time,
 And, like a gallant in the brow of youth,

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ACT 5. SC. 3

5 Repairs him with occasion? This happy day
 Is not itself, nor have we won one foot,
 If Salisbury be lost.
RICHARD  My noble father,
 Three times today I holp him to his horse,
10 Three times bestrid him. Thrice I led him off,
 Persuaded him from any further act;
 But still, where danger was, still there I met him,
 And, like rich hangings in a homely house,
 So was his will in his old feeble body.
15 But, noble as he is, look where he comes.

Enter Salisbury, wearing the white rose.

 Now, by my sword, well hast thou fought today!
SALISBURY 
 By th’ Mass, so did we all. I thank you, Richard.
 God knows how long it is I have to live,
 And it hath pleased Him that three times today
20 You have defended me from imminent death.
 Well, lords, we have not got that which we have;
 ’Tis not enough our foes are this time fled,
 Being opposites of such repairing nature.
YORK 
 I know our safety is to follow them;
25 For, as I hear, the King is fled to London
 To call a present court of Parliament.
 Let us pursue him ere the writs go forth.—
 What says Lord Warwick? Shall we after them?
WARWICK 
 After them? Nay, before them, if we can.
30 Now, by my hand, lords, ’twas a glorious day.
 Saint Albans battle won by famous York
 Shall be eternized in all age to come.—
 Sound drum and trumpets, and to London all;
 And more such days as these to us befall!
Flourish. They exit.