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Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 1 Translation Table of Contents

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Act 1, Scene 1

The King is informed that Mortimer has been captured and Hotspur has won a vital battle, which he must now answer for.

Act 1, Scene 2

Hal, Falstaff, and his comrades plan a robbery. Hal and Poins prepare to prank Falstaff and the others by robbing them.

Act 1, Scene 3

The King tries reasoning with Hotspur, but angry Hotspur agrees to join his father and uncle in launching a rebellion.

Act 2, Scene 1

Gadshill checks that all of the details are correct for the impending robbery, discussing the plan with the Chamberlain.

Act 2, Scene 2

Falstaff and his friends rob the travelers. Hal and Poins then set upon the thieves in jest.

Act 2, Scene 3

Hotspur reads a letter about the rebellion. His wife Kate tries to question him on the matter, but is put in her place.

Act 2, Scene 4

Falstaff exaggerates the failed robbery before the joke is revealed. Hal and Falstaff role-play as the King and Prince.

Act 3, Scene 1

The rebels divide the Kingdom into three parts for Glendower, Mortimer, and Hotspur. They prepare to leave for battle.

Act 3, Scene 2

The King scolds his son Hal for his unruly behavior. Hal makes amends, promising to fight Hotspur one-on-one in battle.

Act 3, Scene 3

Falstaff complains of being robbed. Hal prepares to leave for battle, and gives Falstaff control of some infantrymen.

Act 4, Scene 1

Hotspur learns that his father is too sick to fight in battle. The rebels prepare to fight, despite receiving bad news.

Act 4, Scene 2

Falstaff encounters Hal, and is shamed for the pitiful soldiers he has recruited. They set off to prepare for battle.

Act 4, Scene 3

Hotspur and the rebels debate when to launch an attack. Blunt arrives from the King to try to negotiate terms of peace.

Act 4, Scene 4

The Archbishop urges Sir Michael to deliver letters for him and expresses his fear that Hotspur will not win the battle.

Act 5, Scene 1

Hal sends a challenge to one-on-one combat to Hotspur through Worcester, who questions the King's right to rule.

Act 5, Scene 2

Worcester lies about the King's offer of pardon when he speaks with Hotspur, who then rouses his troops for battle.

Act 5, Scene 3

Douglas kills Blunt, thinking he is the King. Falstaff discovers Hotspur is not dead, and questions the notion of dying.

Act 5, Scene 4

Hal saves the King in battle and goes on to kill Hotspur. Falstaff tries to claim responsibility for Hotspur's death.

Act 5, Scene 5

The King reflects on the battle, and sends his men off to continue fighting against the rebellion.
Lani strange
About the Translator: Lani Strange

Lani is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. She has a BA in English and Latin Literature from the University of Warwick and worked as a Teacher of Drama for a year in between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. She has a love for all things theatrical and spends all of her free time either watching theatre or taking part in it herself.