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Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV) Timeline and Summary
1.1 Bolingbroke accuses Thomas Mowbray of treason in front of Richard. He refuses to drop the charge, despite Richard and Gaunt's pleas. 1.3 Bolingbroke arrives at the trial by combat and asks his father for his blessing as he gets ready to rumble. 1.3 Richard changes his mind about letting the two noblemen fight and sentences Henry to a six-year banishment. 1.3 Bolingbroke swears not to speak to Mowbray while he's banished and not to conspire or plot against the king. 1.3 When friends say goodbye to Bolingbroke, he doesn't answer. When his father asks why, he implies he's too bummed to talk. 1.3 Gaunt tells Bolingbroke to pretend he's banished the king instead of the other way round. Father and son say goodbye and Henry leaves England. Off-stage: Henry gathers a big army and makes plans to invade England. 2.3 Bolingbroke returns to England to confront Richard. 2.3 Bolingbroke and Harry Percy meet. Ross and Willoughby arrive to join Bolingbroke's forces. 2.3 Berkeley arrives to deliver York's message asking why Bolingbroke has defied his banishment. 2.3 York himself shows up to scold his nephew, but ends up joining him. 3.1 Bolingbroke condemns Bushy and Green to death and orders that the queen be treated fairly. 3.3 Bolingbroke arrives at the castle where Richard has taken refuge. York warns him not to overreach. Bolingbroke orders Northumberland to deliver his message to Richard. 3.3 Bolingbroke watches Richard appear and compares him to a "blushing discontented sun." 3.3 Bolingbroke and Richard meet; it's clear that Bolingbroke is calling the shots. 4.1 Bolingbroke questions Bagot about Gloucester's murder. Bagot accuses Aumerle. 4.1 Bolingbroke instructs that all the conflicts that arise as a result of the accusation will be settled after Mowbray returns. 4.1 Bolingbroke finds out that Mowbray is dead. He blesses Mowbray's spirit and says he'll assign all the rest their "days of trial." 4.1 He declares he's going to assume the throne and sends for Richard so he can publicly give up the crown. 4.1 Bolingbroke announces his coronation for the following Wednesday and orders that Richard be taken to the Tower. 5.3 King Henry feels bad about the fact that his son hangs out with scumbag criminals. 5.3 Henry listens as Aumerle, York, and the Duchess of York tell him about Aumerle's plot against the king. Henry forgives Aumerle. 5.6 Henry hears that all the traitors have been killed except for Carlisle, whom he sentences to a room somewhere where he can live in peace. 5.6 Exton brings Richard's body in a coffin. Henry yells at Exton, even though he ordered Exton to do the deed. 5.6 When Exton points out that Henry wanted this, Henry reflects on how he wanted it, but feels terrible about it. He banishes Exton. 5.6 Henry feels guilty about Richard's death, so he decides to take a trip to the Holy Land (Jerusalem) to atone for his sins.