Internet Shakespeare Editions


Henry IV, Part 1

In Henry IV, Part One, Shakespeare recreates a whole range of society, from King to tapster, stable-hand, and highwayman. Yet the play is unified in its exploration of the nature and use of power.

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  1. Summary: facts about Henry the Fourth, Part One

    First published:
    1597 (a "bad" quarto)
    1599 (second quarto)
    A popular play: four quartos published before the Folio in 1623.
    First mention: by Francis Meres in 1598.

    Source:Raphael Holinshed'sChronicles of England Scotland, and Ireland (1587).