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Prince Henry, his son; afterwards King Henry III.
ARTHUR, Duke of Bretagne, son of GEFFREY, late Duke of
Bretagne, the elder brother of King John.
WILLIAM MARESHALL, Earl of Pembroke.
GEFFREY Fitz-Peter, Earl of Essex, Chief Justiciary of
W11.LIAM LONGSWORD, Earl of Salisbury.
ROBERT Bigot, Earl of Norfolk.
HUBERT DE BURGH, Chamberlain to the King.
ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE, son of Sir ROBERT Favicon-
Pullip FAULCONBRIDGE, his half-brother; bastard son to
K. RICHARD the First.
JAMES GURNEY, servant to Lady FAULCONBRIDGE.
Petek of Pomfret, a Prophet.
Philip, King of France,
Lewis, the Dauphin.
Arch-duke of AUSTRIA.
Cardinal PANDUIPP!O, the Pope's Legate.
MELUN, a French Lord.
CHATILLON, Ambassador from France to King JOHN.
ELINOR, the widow of King Henry II. and mother of
CONSTANCE, mother to ARTHUR.
BLANC!!, daughter to ALPHONSO King of Castile, and
niece to King John.
Lady FAULCONBRIDGE, mother to the Bastard, and ROBERT
Lores, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds,
Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.
ACT I. SCENE I. Northampton. A Room of State in
the Palace. Enter King John, Queen ELINOR, PEMBROKE, Es. SEX, SALISBURY, and Others, with CHATILLON.
Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with
Chat. Thus, after greeting, speaks the king of
In my behaviour, to the majesty,
The'horrow'd majesty of England here.
Eli. A ftrange beginning ;--borrow'd majesty!
K. John. Silence, good mother ; hear the embally..
Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's fon,
, lays moft lawful claim
To this fair island, and the territories ;
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine :
Defiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which fways usurpingly these several titles;
the same into young Arthur's hand, Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign.
K, John. What follows, if we disallow of this ? Chat. The proud control of fierce and bloody war, To enforce these rights fo forcibly withheld. K. John. Here have we war for war, and blood
for blood, Controlment for controlment; fo answer France.
Chat. Then take my king's defiance from my
mouth, The furthest limit of my embassy. K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
For ere thou canst report I will be there;
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard :
So, hence! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath,
And sullen presage of your own decay.-
An honourable conduct let him have ;
Pembroke, look to't: Farewell, Chatillon.
[Exeunt CHATILLON and PEMBROKE.
Eli. What now, my son? have I not ever said,
How that ambitious Constance would not cease,
Till she had kindled France, and all the world,
Upon the right and party of her son ?
This might have been prevented, and made whole,
With very easy arguments of love;
Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
With fearful bloody issue arbitrate,
K. John. Our strong poffeffion, and our right, for
Eli. Your strong poffeffion, much more than
Or else it must go wrong
So much my conscience whispers in your ear;:
Which none but heaven, and you, and I, shall hear.
Enter the Sheriff of Northamptonshire, who
whispers Essex, Efex. My liege, here is the strangest contro
versy, Come from the country to be judg’d by you, That e'er I heard : Shall I produce the men ?
K. John. Let them approach.- [Exit Sheriff, Our abbies, and our priories, shall pay