Henry IV, Part 1

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2000 - Drama - 160 pages
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Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

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Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE OF STRATFORDUPONAVON GENTLEMAN
THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
I1Enter the King Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland Sir Walter Blunt with others
I2Enter Prince of Wales and Sir John Falstaff
I3Enter the King Northumberland Worcester Hotspur Sir Walter Blunt with others
II1Enter a Carrier with a lantern in his hand
II2Enter Prince Poins Peto and Bardolph
II3Enter Hotspur alone reading a letter
III3Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
IV1Enter Hotspur Worcester and Douglas
IV2Enter Falstaff and Bardolph
IV3Enter Hotspur Worcester Douglas Vernon
IV4Enter the Archbishop of York and Sir Michael
V1Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Sir Walter Blunt Falstaff
V2Enter Worcester and Sir Richard Vernon
V3The King enters with his power Alarum to the battle Exeunt Then enter Douglas and Sir Walter Blunt

II4Enter Prince and Poins
III1Enter Hotspur Worcester Lord Mortimer Owen Glendower
III2Enter the King Prince of Wales and others
V4Alarum Excursions Enter the King the Prince Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland
V5The trumpets sound Enter the King Prince of Wales Lord John of Lancaster Earl of Westmoreland with Worcester and Vernon prisoners
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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was one of the most prosperous men of Stratford, who held in turn the chief offices in the town. His mother was of gentle birth, the daughter of Robert Arden of Wilmcote. In December, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, daughter of a farmer of Shottery, near Stratford; their first child Susanna was baptized on May 6, 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on February 22, 1585. Little is known of Shakespeare's early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

From 1592 onwards the records are much fuller. In March, 1592, the Lord Strange's players produced a new play at the Rose Theatre called Harry the Sixth, which was very successful, and was probably the First Part of Henry VI. In the autumn of 1592 Robert Greene, the best known of the professional writers, as he was dying wrote a

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