Richard II | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Richard II | Scene Summaries

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Act 1, Scene 1 As the play begins, King Richard II is in his palace in London, waiting for Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray to arri... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 At his home John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, meets with his late brother's widow. The Duchess of Gloucester asks Ga... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Richard II, John of Gaunt, and other nobles are at the lists at Coventry—an arena where trials by combat can take place.... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 At the king's court, the Duke of Aumerle—cousin of both Richard II and Bolingbroke—announces Bolingbroke has left the co... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Gaunt, who is ill and near death, speaks with the Duke of York, who is Gaunt's brother, Richard's uncle, and Aumerle's f... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Bushy and Bagot console the queen, who is bereft because her husband has gone to Ireland; she feels as though "[s]ome un... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Bolingbroke has landed in Gloucestershire, England, and he and Northumberland are leading an army. Northumberland's son,... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 The Earl of Salisbury, still loyal to Richard, speaks with a Welsh captain at a soldiers' camp. The Welsh soldiers have ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Bolingbroke has captured Bushy and Green and now accuses them. He declares himself "a prince by fortune of my birth, / N... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Richard II has returned to England from Ireland to find Bolingbroke's support is stronger than ever. Richard and his sup... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Bolingbroke, Northumberland, and their men bask in their success outside Flint Castle, though York feels Northumberland ... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 The queen is in her garden with her ladies. The gardener and two assistants come in, and she hides, hoping to overhear n... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Many of the lords are present at Parliament, along with the Bishop of Carlisle and the Abbot of Westminster. Bolingbroke... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 The queen waits near the Tower of London to see Richard as he is taken to be imprisoned. When he appears, she criticizes... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 At home the Duke and Duchess of York discuss Bolingbroke's coronation. The duke says people cheered for Bolingbroke but ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 At his palace Henry IV speaks with some followers, including Henry Percy. He is worried his son, Prince Hal—who later be... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 Elsewhere in the palace, Sir Pierce of Exton talks to a servingman. He says he overheard Henry IV say "Have I no friend ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 5 Richard, alone in prison at Pomfret castle, reflects on his life, saying, "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." M... Read More
Act 5, Scene 6 Back at the palace, Henry IV learns all his enemies are either defeated or dead. He says he will reward those who have h... Read More
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