Henry V Act II, Scene 4 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 4 Summary and Analysis

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Charles VI: King of France

The Dauphin: son of Charles VI; heir to the throne

Constable of France: leader of the French armed forces

Duke of Burgundy, Duke of Orleans, Duke of Bourbon: French nobles and military commanders

The scene now shifts to the French court, where King Charles VI is conferring with his advisors and his son the Dauphin about the English invasion. The king, recalling England’s victories over the French at Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1356) just a few decades earlier, calls for speedy mobilization of the army “To line and new-repair our towns of war/With men of courage and with means defendant.”


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