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Henry VI, Part 3 | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • May 22, 1455

    The Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the first Battle of Saint Albans.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Soon afterward

    King Henry VI appoints the Duke of York as his heir, disinheriting his own son.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • December 31, 1460

    Queen Margaret defeats the Yorkists at the Battle of Wakefield.

    Act 1, Scene 4
  • March 29, 1461

    The Yorkists triumph at the infamously bloody Battle of Towton.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • July 1465

    The deposed King Henry is captured in Lancashire.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Meanwhile

    King Edward marries Lady Grey, souring relations with the French.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Late 1469

    Warwick defects and captures King Edward.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • October 1470

    King Henry briefly reclaims the throne.

    Act 4, Scene 6
  • Not long after

    King Henry is imprisoned in the Tower once more.

    Act 4, Scene 8
  • April 14, 1471

    King Edward IV defeats Warwick at the Battle of Barnet.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • May 4, 1471

    The Lancastrians are decisively defeated at the Battle of Tewkesbury.

    Act 5, Scene 5
  • May 21, 1471

    King Henry is murdered in the Tower of London.

    Act 5, Scene 6

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 After their victory at Saint Albans (end of Henry VI, Part 2), the Duke of York and his forces have pursued King Henry a... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Back at Sandal Castle in Yorkshire, Richard, Edward, and Montague attempt to persuade York to seize the crown by force. ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 The battle between Margaret and York (the Battle of Wakefield) is now in full swing. Rutland, the youngest son of York, ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 The battle from the previous scene wears on, with Queen Margaret's followers gaining the upper hand. York comes onstage ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Edward and Richard have escaped the fighting at Wakefield and are now leading their army across the plains of Herefordsh... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 King Henry and Queen Margaret have arrived at the city gates of York, accompanied by their son, Prince Edward, and their... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 The armies are still in Yorkshire, but the scene has shifted to Towton, some 15 miles southwest of York. Warwick stagger... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 Richard and Clifford face off in a sword fight against the backdrop of an ongoing battle. Richard declares his intention... Read More
Act 2, Scene 5 The Battle of Towton is now at its most violent, and the outcome is far from certain. King Henry comes onstage and, in a... Read More
Act 2, Scene 6 Clifford, seriously wounded, staggers onstage as the battle rages on. He laments his own imminent death but expresses de... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Two unnamed gamekeepers are staked out in a northern English forest, hunting for deer. King Henry enters in disguise, ca... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Meanwhile, at the palace in London, King Edward IV has been crowned and is hearing petitions from his subjects, with his... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 While the Yorkists triumph in England, Queen Margaret has made her way to France, accompanied by Prince Edward and the E... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Back at the palace in London, the Yorkists continue to celebrate. First onstage are Richard and Clarence, accompanied by... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Warwick and Oxford have arrived in Warwickshire, England. They have brought with them an army of French soldiers, augmen... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 At King Edward's camp, three watchmen stand at their posts, exchanging remarks about the king's bravery—or rashness—in t... Read More
Act 4, Scene 4 Back at the palace in London, Queen Elizabeth (formerly Lady Grey) is conferring with her brother Lord Rivers. She has r... Read More
Act 4, Scene 5 King Edward has been placed under house arrest at Middleham Castle in Yorkshire, but he is allowed to go hunting in the ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 6 King Henry has just been released from the Tower of London. He now stands surrounded by his supporters—Warwick, Clarence... Read More
Act 4, Scene 7 King Edward has returned to the city of York, accompanied by Richard and Lord Hastings. Finding the city gates locked ag... Read More
Act 4, Scene 8 Back in London, Henry is assembled in council with Warwick, Montague, Clarence, Oxford, and Exeter. Warwick has received... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Warwick is assembling his army at Coventry, northwest of London. Messengers arrive in quick succession to inform him tha... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 The Battle of Barnet has begun. King Edward carries—or perhaps drags—a fatally wounded Warwick onto the stage, expressin... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 With the Battle of Barnet won, King Edward pauses a moment to congratulate his brothers on a battle well fought. His onl... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 Out in the fields at Tewkesbury, Queen Margaret attempts to rally her troops, cheering them up after the deaths of Warwi... Read More
Act 5, Scene 5 The Yorkists have won the day at Tewkesbury. A victorious King Edward comes onstage to the sound of trumpets, accompanie... Read More
Act 5, Scene 6 Richard comes to visit the captive King Henry in the Tower. Henry sullenly greets Richard, knowing—or at least suspectin... Read More
Act 5, Scene 7 At the palace in London, King Edward is celebrating his victory over the Lancastrians. Queen Elizabeth stands at his sid... Read More
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