Henry V | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Henry V | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1413

    Price Hal is the newly crowned King Henry V.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • 1414

    King Henry V decides to claim land in France.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • 1415

    King Henry V invades France; Harfleur surrenders.

    Act 3, Scene 3
  • October 1415

    King Henry V defeats the French at the Battle of Agincourt.

    Act 4, Scene 6
  • After the French defeat

    King Henry V woos Prince Katherine of France.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • 1421

    King Henry V and Katherine have a child who will become Henry VI.

  • 1422

    King Henry V dies and his nine-month-old son is crowned Henry VI.


Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Prologue The chorus (played by one actor) enters and calls upon a "muse of fire" to assist in telling the story of "warlike Harry... Read More
Act 1, Scene 1 The archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Ely are talking about a bill that would take lands and money from the Chu... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 In another room Henry enters with several nobles and attendants. Before Henry agrees to hear what the French ambassador ... Read More
Act 2, Prologue The chorus explains that the youth of England are excited about going to war. Expectations of great deeds and glory are ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 In London Lieutenant Bardolph and Corporal Nym are wondering where their friend Pistol is. They joke about fighting and ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 As the chorus explained, the story now moves to Southampton, where the conspiracy against Henry is supposed to come to a... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 In London, Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Mistress Quickly, and the boy are gloomy because Falstaff is dead. Mistress Quickly ex... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 In France Charles VI, the Dauphin, the Dukes of Berri and Brittany, and a Constable are discussing how they will prepare... Read More
Act 3, Prologue The chorus explains that the French ambassador had returned to Henry V with an offer of the Princess Katherine and some ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 In the midst of battle before Harfleur, Henry rallies the men and orders them to charge the wall of the town again. He a... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Nym, Bardolph, Pistol, and the boy are at the wall of Harfleur right after Henry V has given his "once more unto the bre... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 The governor of Harfleur and several citizens assemble as Henry V comes to the town's walls. Henry tells the governor th... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 Princess Katherine of France and her gentlewoman Alice are talking together in the French palace. Katherine asks Alice t... Read More
Act 3, Scene 5 The king of France is consulting with the Dauphin, the Duke of Bourbon, the Constable, and others. They are going over H... Read More
Act 3, Scene 6 Gower and Fluellen meet at the English camp in Picardy. There has been fighting at the bridge over the Ternoise River. G... Read More
Act 3, Scene 7 The Constable, the Dauphin, Lord Rambures, and the Duke of Orléans, are talking together in the French camp. The Dauphin... Read More
Act 4, Prologue The chorus asks the audience to imagine that it becomes night and the armies are preparing for battle. The French are ov... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 In the middle of the night in the English camp, Henry V greets the Dukes of Gloucester and Bedford, who are also awake. ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 In the French camp the Dauphin, the Duke of Orléans, and Rambures are up and excited, ready for battle. The Constable jo... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Back in the English camp the nobles are worried that the French army is much larger than the English army. Henry V enter... Read More
Act 4, Scene 4 On the field of battle, Pistol and the boy run into a French soldier. Pistol threatens to kill him unless the soldier gi... Read More
Act 4, Scene 5 The French leaders meet on the field, shocked and terrified of the English, who are fighting far better than anticipated... Read More
Act 4, Scene 6 Henry V and some of his men are on the battlefield, having taken prisoners, and Henry exclaims that they are doing well,... Read More
Act 4, Scene 7 Fluellen and Gower enter, describing angrily how the boys guarding the luggage in the English camp have all been killed ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 8 Williams and Fluellen meet, since Henry V had sent them both to fetch Gower to make sure his trick would play out in ful... Read More
Act 5, Prologue The chorus apologizes to the audience for the fact that some of the events that occur in the story are too "huge" to sho... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Still in France, Gower and Fluellen have an exchange in which Gower asks why Fluellen is wearing a leek even though St. ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 Henry V visits the king and queen of France, Charles VI and Isabel, to come to terms on a peace treaty, although the ter... Read More
Epilogue The chorus wraps up the play by apologizing yet again for its roughness and asking the audience to accept it anyway. He ... Read More
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