Henry IV, Part 1
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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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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