| Quote #1
The play is always reminding us about how much Henry has changed since the wild days of his youth. Here, Canterbury and Ely can't stop talking about what an amazing king Henry turned out to be, which seems like a miracle since he used to be such a degenerate.
| Quote #2
Early on, we learn that a bill has just resurfaced in Parliament. (The bill had been raised before in Henry IV's reign, but it was pushed aside while England dealt with internal strife.) If the bill passes this time, the Church will lose a ton of money and land to the crown's treasury, so Canterbury and Ely want to make it disappear. Their solution is to urge Henry into a war with France and offer him a large sum of money to finance the campaign. This recalls a moment in Henry IV Part 2, where Henry IV advised his son to "busy giddy minds / With foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out, / May waste the memory of the former days" (4.5.9). This raises an important question: is Henry's war with France an attempt to distract the "giddy minds" of the English so that they will forget that Henry's dad was a throne-stealer?
| Quote #3
But I will rise there with so full a glory
Even though Henry is no longer a wild young prince who spends his time carousing with thugs, the Dauphin of France refuses to acknowledge Henry's transformation. One could argue that Henry's final decision to invade France is motivated by Henry's desire to force the Dauphin to recognize his majesty and power. We notice here that Henry uses the same metaphor he developed back in Henry IV Part 1, when he compared himself to the "sun" and promised that his transformation into a glorious king would dazzle his subjects and make them forget his riotous youth.