Also: Bullingbrook, Henry Bolingbroke (Bullingbrook), Duke of Herford; afterwards, King Henry IV of England
Bolingbroke is John of Gaunt's son and King Richard's cousin. With the death of his father, Bolingbroke is supposed to inherit Gaunt's title—the duke of Lancaster. By V.iii he has become King Henry IV.
In the play, the defining moments for Bolingbroke are his banishment by the king in I.iii, followed by Richard's expropriation of his inheritance in II.i—for Richard's taking of his property and the revocation of his new title (Duke of Lancaster) provoke...
(The entire page is 1055 words.)
Want to read the whole thing?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus, get access to:
- 30,000+ literature study guides
- Critical essays on more than 30,000 works of literature from Salem on Literature (exclusive to eNotes)
- An unparalleled literary criticism section. 40,000 full-length or excerpted essays.
- Content from leading academic publishers, all easily citable with our "Cite this page" button.
- 100% satisfaction guarantee READ MORE