King Richard II - Act 4, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 1 Summary

Back in London, Bolingbroke asks Bagot what he knows of Gloucester's death. Bagot accuses Aumerle of having a hand in the murder. Aumerle is insulted at the accusation, and refutes it, issuing a challenge to Bagot. The scene is very similar to the opening scene between Bolingbroke and Mowbray. Fitzwater, one of Bolingbroke's supporters, issues a challenge also, claiming he heard Aumerle bragging that he killed Gloucester. Aumerle takes up Fitzwater's gauntlet. Percy and another lord throw their gauntlets against Aumerle, which Aumerle also takes up. Surrey claims Fitzwater is lying, and throws his gauntlet at him, which Fitzwater takes up. Bolingbroke stops the arguing, saying that everything will have to wait until Mowbray is brought back from exile. He plans to return Mowbray's lands to him, even though he is Bolingbroke's enemy. The Bishop of Carlisle informs them that Mowbray died in Italy. Bolingbroke...

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