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King John
Act 5, scene 3

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The events in King John take place in the thirteenth century, well before Shakespeare’s other English history plays. After the death of…

Act 1, scene 1

John, King of England, is told by a messenger from the King of France that the territories held by John…

Act 2, scene 1

King Philip of France and the Duke of Austria, on behalf of Arthur, begin to lay siege to the city…

Act 3, scene 1

The league between John and Philip is attacked first by Constance, who accuses Philip of treacherously betraying Arthur’s cause, and…

Act 3, scene 2

The Bastard, having killed the Duke of Austria, reports that he has rescued Queen Eleanor. Arthur, captured by John, is…

Act 3, scene 3

John prepares to leave for England with his forces. He tells Hubert that Arthur must die. Hubert promises to kill…

Act 3, scene 4

John’s victories and his capture of Arthur lead the French to despair and Constance to wild grief. Pandulph, predicting Arthur’s…

Act 4, scene 1

Hubert prepares to put out Arthur’s eyes with hot irons. Arthur begs him to show mercy. Hubert plans to tell…

Act 4, scene 2

The nobles express their disapproval of John’s second coronation and urge that he set Arthur free. When Hubert brings word…

Act 4, scene 3

Arthur dies as he attempts to leap from the prison wall. The Bastard reaches the nobles, on their way to…

Act 5, scene 1

King John submits his royal power to the Pope in exchange for Pandulph’s intercession against the French forces. The Bastard…

Act 5, scene 2

The rebellious English nobles swear to support the Dauphin in his attack on England. Pandulph tells the Dauphin to take…

Act 5, scene 3

King John, sick with a fever, is instructed by the Bastard to leave the battle. John receives the good news…

Act 5, scene 4

While the English army continues to fight successfully under the Bastard, the rebel English nobles learn from the wounded French…

Act 5, scene 5

The Dauphin rejoices that his forces have almost defeated the English. He then learns that Count Melun has died, that…

Act 5, scene 6

Hubert brings news to the Bastard that King John has been poisoned by a monk, and that, at the urging…

Act 5, scene 7

As King John lies dying, surrounded by his newly loyal nobles and his son, Prince Henry, the Bastard brings him…

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Scene 3
Alarums. Enter King John and Hubert.

KING JOHN 
 How goes the day with us? O, tell me, Hubert.
HUBERT 
 Badly, I fear. How fares your Majesty?
KING JOHN 
 This fever that hath troubled me so long
 Lies heavy on me. O, my heart is sick.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER 
5 My lord, your valiant kinsman, Faulconbridge,
 Desires your Majesty to leave the field
 And send him word by me which way you go.
KING JOHN 
 Tell him toward Swinstead, to the abbey there.
MESSENGER 
 Be of good comfort, for the great supply
10 That was expected by the Dauphin here
 Are wracked three nights ago on Goodwin Sands.
 This news was brought to Richard but even now.
 The French fight coldly and retire themselves.
KING JOHN 
 Ay me, this tyrant fever burns me up
15 And will not let me welcome this good news.
 Set on toward Swinstead. To my litter straight.
 Weakness possesseth me, and I am faint.
They exit.