Henry IV, Part 1 Translation Table of Contents
The first play in Shakespeare’s Henriad trilogy, Henry IV, Part 1 tells the story of Prince Hal leaving behind his days carousing in the Boar’s Head Tavern to assume the royal role into which he was born. When Owen Glendower, Mortimer, and Harry “Hotspur” Percy threaten the King’s throne, Hal must take action to protect his father’s legacy. Shakespeare’s history play also introduces Falstaff—one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters, a larger than life tavern buddy of Hal’s. The Shakescleare modern English translation of Henry IV, Part 1 unlocks every line of this famous play, including its most notable quotes like “If all the year were playing holidays; / To sport would be as tedious as to work” and Falstaff’s famous “What is honor?” speech.