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Henry IV - part 1

Lord John of Lancaster sums up Henry IV Part 1 well, with his comment "This is the strangest tale that ever I heard." Act IV, Scene 4.

This story continues the events of Henry Bolingbroke and the lords of England after Henry becomes Henry IV. The story is probably more famous for introducing the character of Falstaff, the "fat-kidneyed rascal" to the world. Sir John Falstaff is a man who truly believes that "the better part of valour is discretion" (Act V, Scene 4).

Some good references for the play are:

The Story
Text of the play
SparkNotes summary of the play
Britannia.com - Henry IV
Background information
Shakespeare timeline - 1599: The Great Globe
The reign of Henry IV
See paintings of Henry IV and his contemporaries

Sources
Raphael Holinshead's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Film Versions
Henry IV - part 1 (1979) BBC

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Last updated: 06/08/02