Act V, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis

In the French palace, the leaders of England and France meet to settle the terms of a peace treaty. After friendly greetings are exchanged, Burgundy gives a long speech summarizing the political situation. Henry then sends the others off to negotiate these matters while he courts Katharine, with whom he has fallen in love.

His amorous attentions make up most of this final scene. Appealing to her not as a king but as a “plain soldier,” he asks for her consent to join their lives and their kingdoms in marriage. Though shy and hesitant at first, she ultimately agrees. When the others return, the French king accedes to this and to “every article” of Henry’s other terms. Everyone present greets...

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