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Henry IV, Part 2 | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Henry IV, Part 2 | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Battle of Shrewsbury

    The earl of Northumberland receives word that his son is dead and the battle lost.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Post battle

    Falstaff returns to London to continue his carousing ways.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Days later

    The archbishop of York and the rebels meet to discuss their plans for rebellion against Henry IV.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • Days later

    The earl of Northumberland decides not to support the rebel lords and flees to Scotland.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Later

    In London Prince Hal and Poins play a joke on Falstaff through disguise. They overhear his insults.

    Act 2, Scene 4
  • Days later

    King Henry IV prepares for war against the rebel lords.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Later

    Falstaff travels the countryside to recruit soldiers for the war.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Weeks later

    The rebels meet with John of Lancaster to discuss their grievances. He arrests them.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Later

    Falstaff captures a rebel knight and speaks with John, who is unimpressed.

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • Later

    King Henry IV and Prince Hal reconcile.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • Later still

    King Henry IV dies, and Prince Hal becomes King Henry V.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • Days later

    King Henry V confronts Falstaff in the street and orders him to never speak to him again.

    Act 5, Scene 5

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Induction Henry IV, Part 2 begins in the wake of the Battle of Shrewsbury (Henry IV, Part 1). The personified figure of Rumor remi... Read More
Act 1, Scene 1 Lord Bardolph arrives at the earl of Northumberland's castle in what is likely Warkworth to relay news of the battle of ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 On a street in London, Falstaff and his page (assigned to him by Prince Hal) discuss a recent urine sample he's submitte... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 The archbishop of York meets with Lord Bardolph, Lord Mowbray, and Lord Hastings to discuss the rebellion at the archbis... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 At the Eastcheap market in London, Mistress Quickly enters with Fang and Snare, ordering them to arrest Falstaff when he... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Prince Hal and Poins enter his quarters in London. Hal is complaining that he feels tired, and he resents the responsibi... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Northumberland, Northumberland's wife, and Lady Percy (his daughter-in-law) walk outside what is likely Warkworth Castle... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 At a tavern in London, a drawer named Francis and the second drawer discuss desserts and their comparison to Falstaff, w... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Ill and suffering insomnia, King Henry IV is up at night in his palace at Westminster, discussing the hardships of being... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Justice Shallow and Justice Silence, two country justices, talk about their misspent youths and the deaths of old friend... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 The archbishop of York, Lord Mowbray, and Lord Hastings gather their forces at Gaultree Forest in Yorkshire. They've dis... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 At Gaultree Forest, Falstaff meets Sir John Colevile, a knight fighting for the rebels. Colevile yields to Falstaff beca... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 At the palace, King Henry IV asks his sons Humphrey of Gloucester and Thomas of Clarence where Prince Hal is. Humphrey a... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 At Justice Shallow's home in Gloucestershire, Shallow tries to convince Falstaff to stay. He is interrupted by one of hi... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 At the palace, the Earl of Warwick informs the Lord Chief Justice of King Henry IV's death. The Lord Chief Justice is co... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 In Justice Shallow's garden in Gloucestershire, Falstaff, Justice Silence, Shallow, Bardolph, Davy, and the page drink, ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 On a London street, Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet have been arrested on suspicion of murder of a man in the tavern... Read More
Act 5, Scene 5 On a street near Westminster Abbey, Falstaff brags to Justice Shallow and Pistol that he will have the new king shower a... Read More
Epilogue A dancer apologizes for the unhappy ending and asks the audience for forgiveness. He says the story of Falstaff will con... Read More
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