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PRINCE HENRY: SON TO THE KING.
ARTHUR: DUKE OF BRETAGNE, NEPHEW TO THE KING.
JAMES GURNEY: SERVANT TO LADY FAULCONBRIDGE.
PETER OF POMFRET: A PROPHET.
PHILIP: KING OF FRANCE.
LEWIS: THE DOLPHIN.
LYMOGES: DUKE OF AUSTRIA.
CARDINAL PANDULPH: THE POPE'S LEGATE.
MELUN: A FRENCH LORD.
CHATILLON: AMBASSADOR FROM FRANCE.
ELINOR: MOTHER TO KING JOHN.
CONSTANCE: MOTHER TO ARTHUR.
BLANCH OF SPAIN: NIECE TO KINg John.
LORDS, CITIZENS OF ANGIERS, SHERIFF, HERALDS, OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, MESSENGERS, ATTENDANTS.
SCENE-England and France.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN
SCENE I. A Palace in England.
Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON.
K. JOHN. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us? CHAT. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France, In my behaviour, to the Majesty,
The borrow'd majesty, of England here.
ELI. A strange beginning: borrow'd majesty!
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
K. JOHN. What follows if we disallow of this?
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. JOHN. Here have we war for war, and blood for blood,
K. JOHN. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace:
For, ere thou canst report I will be there,
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard:
[Exeunt CHATILLON and PEMBROKE.
ELI. What now, my Son! have I not ever said
This might have been prevented, and made whole
Which now the manage of two Kingdoms must
K. JOHN. Our strong possession and our right for us.
So much my conscience whispers in your ear,
Enter a Sheriff.
ESSEX. My Liege, here is the strangest controversy
K. JOHN. Let them approach.
Our Abbeys and our Priories shall pay
This expedition's charge.
Enter ROBERT FAULCONBRIDGE and PHILIP his
What men are you?
BAST. Your faithful subject I: a gentleman
Born in Northamptonshire, and eldest son,
Of Cordelion3 knighted in the field.
K. JOHN. What art thou?
ROB. The son and heir to that same Faulconbridge.
K. JOHN. Is that the elder, and art thou the heir?