We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
Richard II

Richard II

  

by William Shakespeare

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster Timeline and Summary

  • 1.1: At King Richard's court, Gaunt tries to calm down his son when Henry Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of being a traitor.
  • 1.2: Gaunt tells the Duchess of Gloucester he can't avenge her husband's (his brother's) death because the king is the one who ordered it.
  • 1.3 Gaunt blesses his son Henry as he's about to fight Mowbray at the trial by combat.
  • 1.3 Gaunt is totally bummed when Richard banishes Henry from the kingdom. He regrets advising him to do so.
  • 1.3 Gaunt comforts his son and wishes him well. He tells him to pretend he's on a quest for honor, and that he shouldn't think the king banished him but that he banished the king.
  • 2.1 Gaunt is very sick. In fact, he's at death's door and he knows it. He tells his brother York that he plans to give King Richard a piece of his mind.
  • 2.1 Gaunt delivers a famous speech about how awesome England used to be until Richard ran it into the ground. (It's too bad Richard doesn't get a chance to hear it.)
  • 2.1: Gaunt tells Richard he's a lousy king and that he should change his ways. Richard blows him off.
  • 2.1 Gaunt exits and dies offstage.
Advertisement