STUFF THAT HAPPENS BEFORE THE PLAY
King Henry the Fifth of England wins the battle of Agincourt, accepts the surrender of France, marries the French King's daughter, and the two of them have a son.
STUFF THAT HAPPENS IN THE PLAY
- While mourning the untimely death of Henry the Fifth, the royal family learns of widespread French victories against the English forces.
- In France, Charles the Dauphin meets Joan la Pucelle (Joan of Arc). Joan quickly defeats Charles in combat, wins his trust, and claims she is assigned by God “to be the English scourge.”
- At the Tower of London, the Duke of Gloucester, young King Henry the Sixth’s protector, fights with his uncle, the Bishop of Winchester.
- Joan meets Talbot, the great English warrior, on the battlefield. They fight, but Joan tells Talbot that his “hour is not yet come.” Talbot takes Orleans.
- In London, lords of the houses of York (white rose) and Lancaster (red rose) symbolically pluck their roses, setting the stage for the brutal Wars of the Roses to come.
- On his deathbed, Edmund Mortimer declares his nephew, Richard Plantagenet, to be the rightful heir to the throne of England.
- King Henry worries about England’s internal conflicts and names Richard Plantagenet as Duke of York.
- In Paris, Henry is named King of France and orders Talbot to march on the French.
- Outside Bordeaux, Talbot learns that the French approach with 10,000 men.
- Death, witchcraft, marriage, immolation, and glorious history ensue.