Shakespeare Reading Series
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:
Text of the play
SparkNotes summary of the play
Britannia.com - Henry IV
Shakespeare timeline - 1599: The Great Globe
The reign of Henry IV
See paintings of Henry IV and his contemporaries
Henry IV - part 1 (1979) BBC
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Last updated: 06/08/02