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Act 1, scene 3
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Henry VI, Part 3
Act 1, scene 3



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The English crown changes hands often in Henry VI, Part 3. At first, Richard, Duke of York, is allied with Warwick….

Act 1, scene 1

Richard, Duke of York, aided by the Earl of Warwick, occupies King Henry VI’s throne. Faced with Warwick’s soldiers, Henry…

Act 1, scene 2

York is persuaded by his sons Edward and Richard to break his oath to Henry and fight for the crown….

Act 1, scene 3

Rutland, youngest son of York, is killed by Lord Clifford as revenge against York, who killed Clifford’s father.

Act 1, scene 4

At the battle of Wakefield, York is captured by the victorious Queen Margaret, Prince Edward, Lord Clifford, and the Earl…

Act 2, scene 1

Edward and Richard receive the news of their father’s death. Warwick then brings news of the Yorkist defeat at St….

Act 2, scene 2

Warwick and the Yorkists confront King Henry, Margaret, the newly knighted Prince Edward, and the other Lancastrians. Both the Lancastrian…

Act 2, scene 3

Warwick retires from the battle and meets Edward, Richard, and George. They all fear defeat, but take their farewells and…

Act 2, scene 4

Richard and Clifford fight. When Warwick enters, Clifford flees. Richard prepares to search for Clifford in order to fight to…

Act 2, scene 5

As the battle of Towton proceeds, King Henry contemplates his unhappy life as king and then observes as a young…

Act 2, scene 6

Lord Clifford enters wounded to the death. Warwick, Edward, Richard, and George find Clifford’s body and taunt him. They prepare…

Act 3, scene 1

King Henry is captured by two gamekeepers, who now owe allegiance to King Edward.

Act 3, scene 2

King Edward, while hearing Lady Grey’s petition for her dead husband’s land, decides he wants her for his mistress; she…

Act 3, scene 3

As Queen Margaret persuades the French king Lewis to support her and Prince Edward, Warwick arrives with the offer of…

Act 4, scene 1

King Edward learns of Warwick’s defection and orders that troops be levied in preparation for war. Clarence decides to join…

Act 4, scene 2

Warwick and Clarence prepare to surprise King Edward, who awaits the French troops in a lightly guarded camp.

Act 4, scene 3

Warwick, Clarence, and their troops capture King Edward, remove his crown, and send him captive to the Archbishop of York….

Act 4, scene 4

King Edward’s wife, Queen Elizabeth, hearing of Edward’s capture, fears for her life and that of her unborn child. She…

Act 4, scene 5

Richard rescues King Edward from his captivity. They prepare to sail to Flanders.

Act 4, scene 6

Warwick rescues King Henry from imprisonment in the Tower of London. Henry turns over the government to Warwick and Clarence.

Act 4, scene 7

Edward, having returned from Flanders with a supporting army, enters the city of York, claiming that he wants only his…

Act 4, scene 8

King Henry, left at the Bishop’s Palace in London while Warwick and other Lancastrian leaders search for additional troops, is…

Act 5, scene 1

At Coventry, Warwick awaits the arrival of Clarence. Other forces arrive in Warwick’s support. King Edward then arrives, and is…

Act 5, scene 2

At the battle of Barnet, King Edward brings in a wounded Warwick and leaves him to his death. Lancastrian lords…

Act 5, scene 3

King Edward, Richard, and Clarence are triumphant after the battle of Barnet, but they know they must now meet Queen…

Act 5, scene 4

Queen Margaret rallies her forces despite Henry’s capture and Warwick’s death. King Edward and his forces enter. The battle of…

Act 5, scene 5

Queen Margaret and other Lancastrian leaders are brought in as captives. King Edward sends out orders to find Prince Edward….

Act 5, scene 6

Richard kills King Henry in the Tower, and then begins to plot his own way to the crown, now that…

Act 5, scene 7

King Edward celebrates the Yorkist triumph by having Richard and Clarence kiss his infant son. Richard, while outwardly loving the…

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Scene 3
Enter Rutland and his Tutor.

 Ah, whither shall I fly to scape their hands?

Enter Clifford with Soldiers, all wearing the red rose.

 Ah, tutor, look where bloody Clifford comes.
 Chaplain, away. Thy priesthood saves thy life.
 As for the brat of this accursèd duke,
5 Whose father slew my father, he shall die.
 And I, my lord, will bear him company.
CLIFFORD Soldiers, away with him.

Henry VI, Part 3
ACT 1. SC. 3

 Ah, Clifford, murder not this innocent child,
 Lest thou be hated both of God and man.
He exits, dragged off by Soldiers.
CLIFFORD, approaching Rutland 
10 How now? Is he dead already? Or is it fear
 That makes him close his eyes? I’ll open them.
 So looks the pent-up lion o’er the wretch
 That trembles under his devouring paws;
 And so he walks, insulting o’er his prey;
15 And so he comes to rend his limbs asunder.
 Ah, gentle Clifford, kill me with thy sword
 And not with such a cruel threat’ning look.
 Sweet Clifford, hear me speak before I die.
 I am too mean a subject for thy wrath.
20 Be thou revenged on men, and let me live.
 In vain thou speak’st, poor boy. My father’s blood
 Hath stopped the passage where thy words should
 Then let my father’s blood open it again;
25 He is a man and, Clifford, cope with him.
 Had I thy brethren here, their lives and thine
 Were not revenge sufficient for me.
 No, if I digged up thy forefathers’ graves
 And hung their rotten coffins up in chains,
30 It could not slake mine ire nor ease my heart.
 The sight of any of the house of York
 Is as a fury to torment my soul,
 And till I root out their accursèd line
 And leave not one alive, I live in hell.
35 Therefore—He raises his rapier.

Henry VI, Part 3
ACT 1. SC. 4

 O, let me pray before I take my death!
 To thee I pray: sweet Clifford, pity me!
 Such pity as my rapier’s point affords.
 I never did thee harm. Why wilt thou slay me?
40 Thy father hath.
RUTLAND  But ’twas ere I was born.
 Thou hast one son; for his sake pity me,
 Lest in revenge thereof, sith God is just,
 He be as miserably slain as I.
45 Ah, let me live in prison all my days,
 And when I give occasion of offense
 Then let me die, for now thou hast no cause.
 No cause? Thy father slew my father; therefore die.
He stabs Rutland.
 Di faciant laudis summa sit ista tuae!He dies.
50 Plantagenet, I come, Plantagenet!
 And this thy son’s blood, cleaving to my blade,
 Shall rust upon my weapon till thy blood,
 Congealed with this, do make me wipe off both.
He exits, with Soldiers carrying off Rutland’s body.