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Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1


by William Shakespeare

Harry Percy (Hotspur) Timeline and Summary

  • 1.1: We learn from King Henry and Westmoreland that Percy has been kicking butt in a battle with the Scots but refuses to give the king his war prisoners.
  • 1.3.1: At the king's palace in London, Hotspur gives a long and lame excuse for not giving all his prisoners to the king. He says the guy who came to collect them was a sissy and ticked him off.
  • 1.3.2: Hotspur defends Mortimer when the king refuses to ransom Mortimer from the Welsh and calls his brother in-law a traitor.
  • 1.3.5: After the king orders Hotspur to give up his prisoners, Hotspur talks trash behind the king's back.
  • 1.3.7: The Percys discuss how Richard II (the dude who ruled England before King Henry deposed him) had named Mortimer as the heir to the throne. This, they say, is why King Henry doesn't want to pay the ransom.
  • 1.3.21: Hotspur is stoked at Worcester's plan to collude with Glendower, Mortimer, and Douglas to depose the king.
  • 2.3.1: At Warkworth castle (the Percy family's pad in Northumberland), Hotspur reads a letter from an unidentified person who refuses to join in the rebellion. Ticked off, Hotspur insists it's a just cause and refuses to acknowledge the danger the rebels face.
  • 2.3.7: Hotspur banters with his wife, who complains they haven't had sex in weeks. Hotspur tells his wife he's leaving, but won't tell her where he's going or why.
  • 3.1.1.: At a meeting with the rebels, Hotspur loses his map.
  • 3.1.3: Hotspur bickers with Glendower and insults the man.
  • 3.1.6: Hotspur and the rebels plan to divide the kingdom into three parts – they argue about who's got a bigger slice of land.
  • 3.1.10: Hotspur listens to Mortimer's wife sing a Welsh song. He tries to convince his wife, Kate, to sing a song too.
  • 4.1.3: While preparing for battle at Shrewsbury, Hotspur learns that his father is too "sick" to join the rebels. Also, Glendower's troops will not be joining the rebel forces either. Hotspur decides to forge ahead anyway.
  • 4.3.7: When Walter Blunt delivers a peace offering from the king, Hotspur says he'll think about it. He delivers a lengthy speech about why he's got beef with King Henry.
  • 5.2.2: Worcester and Vernon lie to Hotspur about their meeting with the king. (Henry offered a second chance for peace, but Worcester says the king's ready to fight.)
  • 5.4.1: Hotspur and Prince Hal meet face to face on the battlefield. Hotspur is killed and dies before he can finish his last sentence.
  • 5.4.2: After Hal leaves Hotspur's dead body on the field of battle, Falstaff comes along and stabs the corpse in the thigh and slings it over his back, like a trophy.