Henry VI, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses #5)

by William Shakespeare

Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne, and the indomitable Talbot leads the English cause inFrance.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5
  • Published February 19th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
  • Original Title: The First part of the Contention betwixt the two famous Houses of Yorke and Lancaster
  • ISBN: 0671722662 (ISBN13: 9780671722661)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: Wars of the Roses #5
  • Shakespeare's Minor Tetralogy #1
  • Henry VI #1
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  • Characters: Joan of Arc
  • Richard de Beauchamp
  • 13th Earl of Warwick
  • Philip the Good
  • Duke of Burgundy
  • Charles VII of France
  • Henry VI of England...more
  • Margaret of Anjou
  • John of Lancaster
  • 1st Duke of Bedford
  • Richard Plantagenet
  • 3rd Duke of York
  • William de la Pole
  • 1st Duke of Suffolk
  • René of Anjou
  • Humphrey of Lancaster
  • 1st Duke of Gloucester
  • Thomas Beaufort
  • 1st Duke of Exeter
  • Henry Beaufort
  • Cardinal of Winchester
  • Edmund Beaufort
  • 2nd Duke of Somerset
  • Thomas Montacute
  • 4th Earl of Salisbury
  • John Talbot
  • 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury
  • John Talbot
  • 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury
  • Edmund Mortimer
  • 5th Earl of March
  • Sir John Fastolf
  • Sir William Glasdale
  • Sir Thomas Gargrave
  • Sir William Lucy
  • Richard Woodville
  • Nicholas Watton
  • Lord Mayor of London
  • Vernon of the Yorkist (White Rose) Faction
  • Basset of the Lancastrian (Red Rose) faction
  • A Lawyer of the Temple
  • A Papal Legate
  • Jean II
  • Duke of Alençon
  • Jean de Dunois
  • General of the French Garrison at Bordeaux
  • Countess of Auvergne
  • Master Gunner of Orléans
  • Master Gunner's son
  • Jacques Darc...less

Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne, and the indomitable Talbot leads the English cause in France. Joan La Pucelle (Joan of Arc), who becomes captain of the French, claims to be chosen by the Virgin Mary to liberate France. The English, however, consider her a sensual witch.Many of the English nobility remain, quarreling, at home. Once in France, some seek permission to fight each other there. Talbot and his son cannot prevail; the English defeat themselves by preying on each other.The authoritative edition of Henry VI, Part 1 from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further readingEssay by Phyllis RackinThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.