The Lion in Winter - Act 1, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

Anthony Harvey
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Act 1, Scene 3 Summary

In Eleanor's chamber, Eleanor wraps Christmas presents as Richard enters. Their conversation reveals that she called him there, that she hopes for them to be as close as they once were, and that Richard thinks she wants to be close only because he owns the rights to her land, the Aquitaine, which he thinks she wants back. John bursts in followed by Geoffrey, announcing that Henry's coming with the terms for the treaty with France. Henry and Alais enter, and Henry announces that Richard is to marry Alais and inherit the crown. John protests, but Henry tells him he's much less suited to be king than Richard is, saying sadly that all his dreams are lost. Eleanor accuses him of making his plans up as he goes along, but Henry says that Richard would simply take the crown if it weren't given to him. He...

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