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Encyclopedia > Henry IV, Part Two

Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare. It was first published as part of Shakespeare's First Folio. It is the third part of a tetralogy; it is preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The First Folio is the name given to the first published collection of William Shakespeares plays. ... A tetralogy is a compound work that is made up of four (numerical prefix tetra-) distinct works. ... Richard II is a play by William Shakespeare, based on the life of King Richard II of England, written in 1595. ... Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, widely considered the greatest of the histories. ... Henry V is a play by William Shakespeare based on the life of King Henry V of England. ...


The play picks up where Henry IV, Part 1 left off. Its focus is on Prince Hal's journey toward kingship, and his ultimate rejection of Falstaff. However, unlike Part 1, Hal and Falstaff's stories are almost entirely separate, as the two characters meet only twice and very briefly. The tone of much of the play is elegiac, focusing on Falstaff's age and his closeness to death. Henry V Henry V, (August 9 or September 16, 1387 – August 31, 1422), King of England, son of Henry IV by Mary de Bohun, was born at Monmouth, Wales, in September 1387. ... Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare. ... Elegiac refers either to those compositions that are like elegies or to a specific poetic meter used in Classical elegies. ...

Falstaff is still drinking and engaging in petty criminality in the London underworld. He has a relationship with Doll Tearsheet, a prostitute. When news of a second rebellion arrives, Falstaff joins the army again, and goes to the country to raise an army. There he encounters Moldy, Bullcalf, Feeble, Shadow and Wart, a band of rustic yokels who attempt to evade military service in comic ways. He also meets with an old school-chum, Master Shallow, and they reminisce about their youthful follies.

In the other storyline, Hal remains an acquaintance of London lowlife; he seems unsuited to kingship and his father, King Henry IV is still disappointed in him. Another rebellion is launched against Henry IV, but this time it is defeated, not by a battle, but by the duplicitious political machinations of Hal's brother, Prince John. King Henry then sickens and appears to die. Hal, seeing this, believes he is King and exits with the crown. King Henry, awakening, is devastated, thinking Hal cares only about becoming King. Hal convinces him otherwise and the old king subsequently dies contentedly. Henry IV (April 3, 1367 – March 20, 1413) was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire, hence the other name by which he was known, Henry of Bolingbroke. His father, John of Gaunt was the third and oldest surviving son of King Edward III of England, and enjoyed a position of...

The two storylines meet in the final scene, in which Falstaff, having learned that Hal is now King, travels to London in expectation of great rewards. But Hal rejects him, saying that he has now changed, and can no longer associate with such people. The London lowlifes, expecting a 'paradise of thieves' under Hal's governance, are instead purged and imprisoned by the authorities.

At the end of the play, an epilogue thanks the audience and promises that the story will continue in a forthcoming play "with Sir John in it". In fact, the subsequent play, Henry V, does not feature Falstaff except for a brief mention of his death. An epilogue, or rarely epilog, is a piece of writing at the end of a work of art, usually used to bring cloture to the senate. ...


Part 2 is generally seen as a less successful play than Part 1. Its structure, in which Falstaff and Hal barely meet, can be criticized as undramatic. Some critics believe that Shakespeare never intended to write a sequel, and that he was hampered by a lack of remaining historical material with the result that the comic scenes come across as mere 'filler'. However, the scenes involving Falstaff and Justice Shallow are admired for their touching elegiac comedy, and the scene of Falstaff's rejection can be extremely powerful onstage.

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The works of William Shakespeare

Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Troilus and Cressida, Timon of Athens Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A Shakespearean tragedy usually involves the following: A seemingly admirable protagonist who falls from grace and into doom due to a fatal flaw in his/her character. ... Romeo and Juliet is a famous play by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young lovers. ... Scene from Macbeth, depicting the witches conjuring of an apparition in Act IV, Scene I Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, based loosely on historical events, such as the King Macbeth of Scotland, and including characteristic features of a morality play. ... King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ... The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare and one of his most well-known and oft-quoted plays. ... This page is about the Shakespeare play. ... Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeares earliest tragedy. ... Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare probably written in 1599. ... Antony and Cleopatra is a historical tragedy by William Shakespeare, first performed in 1607 or 1608 and printed in the First Folio, 1623. ... Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, based on the life of the legendary Roman leader. ... The History of Troilus and Cressida is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1602, shortly after the completion of Hamlet. ... Timon of Athens is a play by William Shakespeare written around 1607. ...

Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream, All's Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Cardenio (lost), Cymbeline, Love's Labour's Lost, Love's Labour's Won (lost), Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale Shakespearean comedies are one of the three (sometimes four) genres of plays by William Shakespeare. ... A Midsummer Nights Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written in the mid-1590s. ... Alls Well That Ends Well is a comedy by William Shakespeare, which is also considered one of his problem plays. ... Scene from As you like it, Francis Hayman, c. ... Cardenio is a lost play, known to have been performed by the Kings Men, a London theatre company, in 1613. ... The Mythical British King Cymbeline is identified with Cunobelinus Cymbeline is a play by William Shakespeare. ... Loves Labours Lost is one of William Shakespeares early comedies; it is believed to have been written around 1595-1596 and is probably contemporaneous with Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream. ... Loves Labours Won (or Loues Labours Wonne) is an unknown play written by William Shakespeare before 1598. ... Measure for Measure is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1604 or 1605. ... Shylock and Jessica by Maurycy Gottlieb (1856-1879) The Merchant of Venice is one of the most famous plays by William Shakespeare, written at an uncertain date between 1594 and 1597. ... The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare featuring the fat knight Falstaff. ... Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a play written partly by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected plays. ... The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... The Comedy of Errors is an early play by William Shakespeare. ... Miranda and Ferdinand, Angelica Kauffmann, 1782. ... Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by Shakespeare from early in his career. ... The Two Noble Kinsmen is a play written in 1613 by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare in collaboration. ... The Winters Tale is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...

Histories: King John, Edward III (attributed), Richard II, Henry IV, part 1, Henry IV, part 2, Henry V, Henry VI, part 1, Henry VI, part 2, Henry VI, part 3, Richard III, Henry VIII Traditionally, the works of William Shakespeare have been grouped into three categories: tragedies, comedies, and histories. ... King John is one of the so-called Shakespearean histories, plays written by William Shakespeare and based on the history of England. ... The Reign of King Edward III is a play attributed to William Shakespeare. ... Richard II is a play by William Shakespeare, based on the life of King Richard II of England, written in 1595. ... Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, widely considered the greatest of the histories. ... Henry IV part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, first published as part of Shakespeares First Folio. ... Henry V is a play by William Shakespeare based on the life of King Henry V of England. ... King Henry VI Part 1 is one of the history plays of William Shakespeare. ... The play we know as King Henry VI Part II was originally known as The First Part of the Contention betwixt the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster. ... Henry VI Part III is the third of William Shakespeares plays set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England, and prepares the ground for one of his best-known and most controversial plays: the tragedy of King Richard III (Richard III of England). ... The Tragedy of Richard III is a play by William Shakespeare, in which the monarch Richard III of England is unflatteringly depicted. ... Henry VIII was one of William Shakespeares last plays. ...

Other works: Sonnets, Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate Pilgrim, The Phoenix and the Turtle Shakespeares sonnets comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form that deal with such themes as love, beauty, politics, and mortality. ... Venus and Adonis is one of Shakespeares longer poems. ... The narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece is the graver work promised by English dramatist-poet William Shakespeare in his dedication to his patron, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, in Venus and Adonis. ... The Passionate Pilgrim is a collection of poems, first published in 1599, attributed on the title-page to William Shakespeare. ... The Phoenix and the Turtle is a poem by William Shakespeare. ...

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Henry IV of France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2373 words)
Henry IV was the son of Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Vendome and Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre.
Henry IV was the 9th cousin of King Henry II, and the 9th cousin once removed of kings Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III.
Although the statue of Henri IV in Paris was destroyed during the French Revolution, as well as those of all the other French kings, it was the first one to be rebuilt when the monarchy was restored in 1814, and it still stands today on the Pont Neuf of Paris.
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