Northumberland swears revenge for his son's death and gathers his allies to fight the ailing king. Meanwhile, the Lord Chief Justice having rebuked Falstaff for being a bad influence on Hal, charges him to recruit an army on Henry's behalf. After brawling with the truculent Pistol, Falstaff prepares to leave his lover, Doll Tearsheet, criticizing Hal to her, unaware that the prince is eaves-dropping. Falstaff assembles a motley crew from Justice Shallow but Henry's cousin Westmoreland arrests the rebel leaders after duping them into a truce. Hal, assuming his father is dead, dons the crown and is berated by the dying king but they reconcile as Henry's last gesture is to crown his son. Hal accedes to the throne as Henry V but, now aware he must put frivolity aside, banishes Falstaff as his first act as ruler. Written by
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Did You Know?
In Henry IV, Part 2, there is bad blood between Prince Hal and the Lord Chief Justice and references to the Justice having imprisoned the Prince for striking the Justice for trying to prosecute one of Hal's friends. The incident that is referred to is not included in Shakespeare's plays, but was probably familiar to his audience because they had been able to see it recently in a play called "The Famous Victories of Henry V". For a modern audience however, the references can be confusing. In his 2014 production of the Henry IV plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran made the somewhat controversial choice of taking lines from "Famous Victories" and placing them in Henry IV, Part 1. In these lines, the Lord Chief Justice comes to the tavern along with the sheriff after the Gadshill robbery and attempts to arrest Bardolph, at which point Hal strikes him. See more