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Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Characters in the Play (02:45)

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Viewers see images from the War of the Roses plays. The main characters are introduced.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Invocation of Henry V's Ghost (03:03)

Act I, sc. i: Westminster Abbey. The funeral of King Henry V is underway. Gloucester is now Protector, as Henry VI is too young to rule. Bedford invokes Henry V's ghost to help England to prosper and be safe from civil strife.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): News from France (02:05)

Act I, sc. i: Westminster Abbey. A messenger arrives with bad news from France. The Dukes learn that lands won by Henry V have been recovered. Bedford as Regent of France vows to take troops to France.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): English Troops Defeated (00:46)

Act I, sc. ii: France. The French Dauphin Charles and his nobles express their pleasure at having captured Talbot. The English troops are leaderless outside the city walls, looking famished and ghost-like.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Joan la Pucelle (02:24)

Act I, sc. ii: France--before Orleans. The Bastard of Orleans arrives with news of a "holy maid" who can help France drive the English out of France. Joan la Pucelle explains to Charles what she can do for France.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Charles vs. Joan la Pucelle (03:08)

Act I, sc. ii: France--before Orleans. Charles challenges Joan la Pucelle to a duel to test her veracity. They fight, and she vanquishes him. Charles and his lords ask her to help them overcome the siege of Orleans by the English.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): White and Red Roses (05:31)

Act II, sc. iv: London--the Temple Garden: Richard Plantagenet says he stands for truth, and all those that stand with him should pluck a white rose. Somerset chooses the red rose for his side.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Gloucester vs. Winchester (05:25)

Act III, sc. i: London: The Parliament House. Gloucester and the Bishop of Winchester fling insults at one another. King Henry VI urges the two men to find peace with one another. The king appoints Gloucester the Duke of York.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Death of Salisbury (02:06)

Act I, sc. iv: France--before Orleans. Salisbury is wounded in battle and dies.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Talbot's Shame (01:39)

Act I, sc. v: France: before Orleans. Talbot calls Joan la Pucelle a witch. Joan and Talbot fight, and when she has the advantage over him, she tells Talbot that his time to die has not yet come. Talbot orders his men to retreat. He leaves in shame.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Honor for Joan la Pucelle (01:21)

Act I, sc. vi: France--before Orleans. Charles wants to honor Joan for her victory. He offers her half his kingship. He announces, "Joan la Pucelle shall be France's saint."

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): English Attack on Orleans (01:02)

Act II, sc. i: France--before Orleans. Talbot, Bedford, and Burgundy are determined to put ladders against the French bulwarks. They attack in the name of Salisbury.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Blame for France's Defeat (02:40)

Act II, sc. i: France--before Orleans. The French leap over the bulwarks, running from the English. Charles blames Joan for the surprise attack. She blames the watchmen.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Victory for Talbot and Burgundy (00:55)

Act III, sc. ii: France--in Rouen. Talbot congratulates Burgundy for his victory. They suggest that Joan is a witch by mentioning her "familiar."

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Burgundy Joins the French (03:39)

Act III, sc. iii: The plains near Rouen. Joan la Pucelle urges Burgundy to join with Charles and his forces. After some soul-searching, Burgundy agrees to defect.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): News of Burgundy's Betrayal (04:16)

Act IV, sc. i: Paris--a hall of state. The Bishop of Winchester crowns Henry VI. Henry learns that Burgundy has joined with France. Henry orders Talbot to march to Burgundy to find out the truth.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): York vs. Somerset (03:43)

Act IV, sc. i: Paris--a hall of state. York and Somerset, one representing the red rose, and the other the white rose, are in conflict. The king orders them to let go of their differences and to present a united front against the French.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Talbot's Bravery (01:54)

Act IV, sc. ii: Paris--before Bordeaux. Talbot knows his troops must now face thousands of French troops. He bravely sets out against them.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): York's Refusal (01:09)

Act IV, sc. iii: Plains in Gascony with York. York learns that the French are pressing in on Talbot. He curses Somerset, and tells the messenger he cannot help Talbot.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Somerset's Refusal (01:26)

Act IV, sc. iv: Plains in Gascony with Somerset. Talbot's messenger arrives at the camp of Somerset, begging for his aid to help the betrayed Talbot. Somerset refuses to send aid.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Father and Son Unite (03:06)

Act IV, sc. v: English camp: Talbot and his son reunite. Talbot urges his son to escape, but he refuses because it would disgrace the Talbot name.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Talbot Mortally Wounded (02:13)

Act IV, sc. vi & vii: Field of battle. Young Talbot is hemmed around by the French. His father rescues him. Talbot fights and is struck down by a French soldier. Talbot lies mortally wounded on the battlefield. (Intermission)

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Death of Talbot (01:25)

Act IV, sc. vii: Soldiers bring the body of his son to the dying Talbot. His spirit cannot bear this tragedy He dies with the body of his son in his arms.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Suffolk and Margaret (04:24)

Act V, sc. iii: Suffolk and Margaret, daughter of the king of Naples enter. He is enthralled with her and imagines being together with her. She asks if there is a ransom for her. Suffolk asks if she would like to be the wife of Henry VI.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Engaged to the King (03:17)

Act V, sc. iii. The palace. René, Margaret's father arrives and learns that his daughter has the chance to marry the King of England. René agrees to the engagement. Suffolk kisses her and wishes he were the one to win her.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Forsaken Joan (01:06)

Act V, sc. iii: Joan, believing that the English will conquer France, appeals to fiends to help her. There is no help. Forsaken, she knows that "France must [...] fall into England's lap."

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Joan Taken Captive (02:50)

Act V, sc. iii & iv: Joan fights Burgundy and York hand to hand. They subdue her. She tells them she is pregnant. She curses the English nobles. They drag her away.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Peaceful Truce (02:49)

Act V, sc. iv: The Bishop of Winchester explains the terms of the peaceful truce between France and England. This galls York, who forces Charles to swear allegiance to Henry VI.

Henry VI, House of Lancaster (Part 1): Henry to Marry Margaret (03:02)

Act V, sc. v: King Henry agrees to marry Margaret, daughter of the King of Naples. (End Part 1)

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Articles of Truce (04:39)

Act I, sc. i: London--the palace. Suffolk brings Margaret to King Henry VI. Gloucester reads the articles of the truce. He grows weak when he reads that the lands of Anjou and Maine will be returned to France. Henry gives Suffolk the title of duke.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Gloucester's Criticism of King (03:24)

Act I, sc. i: London--the palace. Gloucester speaks out against King Henry's willingness to give back to France what Henry V had fought to gain. Cardinal Beaufort wants Gloucester's title of Protectorate.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Ambitious Duchess (02:16)

Act I, sc. ii: Gloucester's house. Gloucester's wife intimates that she wants Gloucester to take Henry's place. He is displeased. She will keep her ambitions to herself from now on, she says.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Consultation with a Spirit (02:14)

Act I, sc. ii: The palace. The Duchess asks Hume if he has consulted with a conjurer. He assures her that a spirit will answer all her questions. Hume admits he is a knave, and he will enjoy spending the gold she gave him.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Gloucester Questioned (02:25)

Act I, sc. iii: The Duchess and the nobles confront Gloucester. What will he do now that the king is old enough to rule on his own? Gloucester says he will step down if the king wants it so. The nobles tell him to resign, in no uncertain terms.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Queen Margaret's Fears (02:51)

Act I, sc. iii: Queen Margaret is uneasy about the Duchess of York's ambition for her throne. She asks Suffolk if he will help her. Just as he helped her become queen, he says, he will help her remain queen.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Witchcraft (04:03)

Act I, sc. iv: Bolingbroke the conjurer, and the witch ask the spirits to foretell the fates of Henry, Suffolk, Gloucester, and Somerset. The Duke of York arrives and arrests the conjurers and the Duchess.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Gloucester vs. Beaufort (01:26)

Act II, sc. i: St. Albans. The King, Beaufort, and Gloucester are hunting. Gloucester and Beaufort argue and agree to meet to settle their dispute once and for all.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Blind Huckster (04:42)

Act II, sc. i: A blind man claims to have his sight thanks to a miracle. The King is impressed. Gloucester and Suffolk force him to reveal his lie. He and his wife are to be whipped through "every market-town."

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Duchess's Crimes Exposed (03:19)

Act II, sc. i: Buckingham arrives with news about Lady Gloucester's dealings with a conjurer and witch. The King banishes her from his sight forever.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): The Duchess's Shame (03:22)

Act II, sc. iv: A street. The Duchess of Gloucester stands in a white sheet. She chides Gloucester for her situation. He leaves on royal business. She is led away. (Intermission)

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Lies about Gloucester (02:09)

Act III, sc. i: Abbey. The Queen and Suffolk tell the King that Gloucester is full of deceit. Winchester and York join in with slurs against Gloucester's reputation. The King defends him, but the Queen accuses Gloucester of treason.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Gloucester Accused of Treason (03:28)

Act III, sc. i: Abbey. Suffolk and York accuse Gloucester of treason in the presence of King Henry and his wife. He denies the charges.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): King's Defense of Gloucester (01:28)

Act III, sc. i: Abbey. King Henry is deeply grieved that two lords and his queen have spoken against Gloucester, his uncle. He maintains his belief that Gloucester is not a traitor.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Conspiracy (01:36)

Act III, sc. i: Abbey. The Queen, the Cardinal, Suffolk, and York discuss their conspiracy to see that Gloucester is killed.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): York's Plans for the Throne (03:44)

Act III, sc. i: Abbey. News arrives from Ireland that the Irish are putting Englishmen to death. The Cardinal tells York to take an army there. York sees an opportunity to use the army to capture the throne of England.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): News of Gloucester's Death (01:49)

Act III, sc. ii: Gloucester's two murderers have arrived to get money from Suffolk, who hired them. King Henry arrives to hold a fair trial for Gloucester, but learns he is already dead. Henry faints.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Queen's Defense of Suffolk (02:41)

Act III, sc. ii: Suffolk tries to help the king. Henry curses Suffolk, and his wife chides him. The Queen pities herself and weeps. Henry weeps for Gloucester. News arrives that Suffolk and the Cardinal were behind the death of Gloucester.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): King Condemns the Queen and Suffolk (04:07)

Act III, sc. ii: King Henry views Gloucester's body. Beaufort, the Cardinal, falls ill. Warwick chides the Queen for defending Suffolk. Henry rebukes the Queen and banishes her upon pain of death if she should appear anywhere in England

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Suffolk and Queen Margaret's Farewell (04:17)

Act III, sc. ii: Suffolk and Queen Margaret express their lasting love for one another. Suffolk escapes one way and she another.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Death of Beaufort (01:17)

Act III, sc. iii: Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, is dying. He expresses his guilt over the death of Gloucester. When he dies, King Henry asks the others not to judge him.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): Death of Suffolk (02:55)

Act IV, sc. i: Coast of Kent. A disguised Suffolk is discovered on a ship. The captain accuses him of all manner of evil and destruction. Suffolk declares that men so lowly cannot kill him. They behead Suffolk.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): (00:48)

Act IV, sc. ix: Kenilworth Castle. Henry ponders his discontent. He longs to be a subject and not a king.

Henry VI, House of York (Part 2): King and Queen's Laments (02:39)

Act IV, sc. iv, Act III, sc. i, and Act IV, sc. iv: Margaret mourns for Suffolk. King Henry says his heart is drowned with grief for his uncle Gloucester. The Queen yearns for Suffolk's body to embrace. Act IV, sc. ix: "Come, wife, let's in, and learn to govern better."

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Part of the series The Wars of the Roses. (The three parts of Henry VI have been adapted to Henry VI, House of Lancaster, and Henry VI, House of York.) (2 hours 30 minutes)

Length: 147 minutes

Item#: BVL2774

ISBN: 978-1-4213-8403-0

Copyright date: ©1991

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