Act I Summary and Analysis
Act I, Scene 1
Richard II: King of England
John of Gaunt: Duke of Lancaster; King Richard’s uncle and Henry Bolingbroke’s father
Henry Bolingbroke: Duke of Hereford and son to John of Gaunt; cousin to Richard II
Thomas Mowbray: Duke of Norfolk; accused by Bolingbroke of
Act I, Scene 1 takes place in the throne room at Windsor Castle. The elderly John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, tells the King he has brought his son and heir, Henry Bolingbroke, who wishes to bring formal charges of treason against Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk. King Richard summons Bolingbroke and Mowbray to his presence: “Face to face,/...
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