King Henry IV, Part I - Study Guide Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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King Henry, Prince Henry, John of Lancaster, the Earl of Westmoreland, Sir Walter Blunt and Falstaff are at the King's camp near Shrewsbury. It looks to be a tempestuous day, the weather reflecting the battle to come.

Worcester and Vernon are announced by a trumpet, and King Henry greets them bitterly as traitors. Worcester insists that he had no choice. He supported King Henry against King Richard, believing King Henry's promise that he only wished to take back his right to Lancaster. King Henry betrayed that promise by taking the crown and so Worcester opposes him.

King Henry insists that Worcester's claims are only meant to make an excuse for rebellion. Prince Henry notes that many men will lose their lives in the coming battle. He praises Hotspur for his daring, and contrasts Hotspur's valor with his own shameful past behavior. He offers to fight...

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