Henry VI(Part I-III)annotated

Henry VI(Part I-III)annotated

William Shakespeare

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Henry VI is a series of three history plays by William Shakespeare, set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Henry VI, Part 1 deals with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses, as the English political system is torn apart by personal squabbles and petty jealousy; Henry VI, Part 2 depicts the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, and the inevitability of armed conflict; and Henry VI, Part 3 deals with the horrors of that conflict.

Although the Henry VI trilogy may not have been written in chronological order, the three plays are often grouped together with Richard III to form a tetralogy covering the entire Wars of the Roses saga, from the death of Henry V in 1422 to the rise to power of Henry VII in 1485. It was the success of this sequence of plays which firmly established Shakespeare's reputation as a playwright.

The three plays were published separately, and have often been performed separately, although they have also been combined in various adaptions into a single play or two plays. Further details about performances and adaptations appear in the articles about the individual plays.

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for thee To tutor thee in stratagems of war, That Talbot’s name might be in thee reviv’d When sapless age and weak unable limbs [5] Should bring thy father to his drooping chair. But – O malignant and ill-boding stars! – Now thou art come unto a feast of death, A terrible and unavoided danger; Therefore, dear boy, mount on my swiftest horse. [10] And I’ll direct thee how thou shalt escape By sudden flight. Come, dally not, be gone. JOHN Is my name Talbot, and am I your son? And

France, Proffers his only daughter to your Grace [20] In marriage, with a large and sumptuous dowry. KING 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. I shall be well content with any choice Tends to God’s glory and my country’s weal. Enter WINCHESTER in Cardinal’s habit as CARDINAL BEAUFORT, the Papal Legate, and two

That in this quarrel have been overthrown And sold their bodies for their country’s benefit, Shall we at last conclude effeminate peace? Have we not lost most part of all the towns, By treason, falsehood, and by treachery, [110] Our great progenitors had conquered? O Warwick, Warwick! I foresee with grief The utter loss of all the realm of France. WARWICK Be patient, York. If we conclude a peace, It shall be with such strict and severe covenants [115] As little shall the Frenchmen

hath begun. TALBOT Well, let them practise and converse [25] with spirits: God is our fortress, in whose conquering name Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. BEDFORD Ascend, brave Talbot; we will follow thee. TALBOT Not all together; better far, I guess, That we do make our entrance several ways; That if it chance the one of us do fail The other yet may rise against their force. BEDFORD Agreed; I’ll to yond corner. BURGUNDY And I to this. TALBOT And here will Talbot mount

he upon whose side The fewest roses are cropp’d from the tree Shall yield the other in the right opinion. SOMERSET Good Master Vernon, it is well objected; If I have fewest, I subscribe in silence. [45] PLANTAGENET And I. VERNON Then, for the truth and plainness of the case, I pluck this pale and maiden blossom here, Giving my verdict on the white rose side. SOMERSET Prick not your finger as you pluck it off, [50] Lest, bleeding, you do paint the white rose red, And fall on my side

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