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King Henry IV, Part I Summary
William Shakespeare

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King Henry IV, Part I Summary


Henry IV, Part One continues the story Shakespeare began telling in Richard II. To understand the events of Henry IV, Part One, readers must know that in Richard II, Henry IV, who was then known as Bolingbroke, returns from exile, has King Richard imprisoned, and declares himself King. In Henry IV, Part One, Henry's former supporters, those who helped put him in power, join forces against him. Henry and his son, Hal, fight together against the rebels. The story continues in Henry IV; Part Two with civil war still threatening the nation. Henry dies and Hal becomes King Henry V. Finally, in Henry V, the last of the group of plays known as the Lancastrian tetralogy (Lancaster refers to the family, or house, from which Henry was descended), Henry V conquers France, establishes peace, and marries Katherine, the French princess.

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