Study Guide

Henry VI Part 3 Act 5, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 1

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  • Warwick asks some messengers where Montague, George, and Oxford (or, more important, their troops) are. He gets the deets for each one. When he hears a drum, he thinks it's George, but it's actually Richard and Edward.
  • Edward asks Warwick who he calls king. Warwick says he'd rather Edward just be Duke of York. Henry is the king, and Warwick says he's the king's loyal subject.
  • Edward tells Warwick that Henry is actually in prison.
  • Warwick says he's not worried, because he's got backup.
  • Somerset and Montague enter with their men. Right on time.
  • George enters, and Warwick welcomes him.
  • Surprising everyone, George throws down his red rose and says he can't hate his own father's house. He apologizes to Richard and Edward for being fickle. They forgive him.
  • Both sides leave and plan to fight at Barnet.