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Henry VI Part 3 Act 4, Scene 3

By William Shakespeare

Act 4, Scene 3

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  • Three watchmen stand outside Edward's tent. They fear that Warwick is nearby, and that he wants to attack Edward.
  • Turns out they're right: Warwick, George, Oxford, Somerset, and their soldiers enter and take over the guards. Richard and Hastings make a run for it, but Edward is captured.
  • Edward tells Warwick that he just called him king not too long ago. Why is he capturing him now?
  • Warwick says that for one thing, Edward doesn't stick to his word. He's angry that Edward promised to marry Lady Bona and then went and had a quickie marriage with Lady Grey behind his back. Plus, even Edward's brother is against him now.
  • Warwick takes off Edward's crown and says he'll give it to Henry. Just like that.
  • Warwick and his men lead Edward out, but not before Warwick tells us that his plan is to free Henry from prison and seat him back on the throne.