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- Full Title: Henry IV Part 2
- When Written: 1596-1599
- Where Written: London
- When Published: 1600
- Literary Period: Elizabethan England
- Genre: History play
- Setting: England, early 1400s
- Climax: King Henry V’s turn against Falstaff.
- Antagonist: The Archbishop of York, Lord Bardolph, Mowbray, and Hastings.
Chimes at Midnight. Orson Welles was so inspired by the character of Falstaff that he based an entire movie around him, starring as the fat man himself. Welles took the title of the film from a line Falstaff says in Henry IV Part 2 to Justice Shallow—“We have heard the chimes at midnight”—indicating that they had stayed up late in their youth, living life to the fullest.
False Promises. Although the epilogue in Henry IV Part 2 makes a big show of promising to continue Falstaff’s story in Henry V the old man does not ever actually appear onstage in that play. His sole mention occurs when another character recounts his death.