King Richard II - Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 1 Summary

Richard's Queen waits in the street for Richard who is being led to the tower to be imprisoned. When Richard arrives, he tells her to go to France and find a convent to live in. He says they must both now earn crowns in heaven, for there is none on earth for them anymore.

Northumberland enters and tells them he has orders from Bolingbroke to take Richard to Pomfret (a castle in Yorkshire) and for the Queen to leave for France. Richard warns Northumberland that Bolingbroke will turn against him, fearing that because he has helped depose one king, he can do it again. Northumberland ignores the warning. The Queen begs that she and Richard be allowed to be together. She asks if he can be banished to France with her, or she with him to Pomfret. Northumberland says such a request cannot be granted...

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