Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 3
Scene 1. In London, Gloucester tells Henry that the Pope and others are anxious to end the bloody
conflict between England and France. He suggests that marriage to the daughter of King Charles’
kinsman, the Earl of Armagnac, would cement peace. Henry appoints Winchester to broker the
accord. Winchester privately reaffirms his determination to destroy Gloucester.
Scene 2. At Angiers, Charles learns that the divided English army has joined forces and is preparing
Scene 3. Pucelle, having been deserted by her magic spirits, is taken prisoner by York. Suffolk takes
as prisoner Reignier’s daughter Margaret. He is enchanted by her but, being married himself,
organizes a match with King Henry.
Scene 4. Joan is to be burnt as a witch. She angrily disowns a shepherd claiming to be her father,
insisting that she is descended from kings. Despite her statement that she is pregnant, York is
unrelenting, and she goes to the flames. Winchester arrives to negotiate peace but York is appalled
that so much slaughter should end in “effeminate peace.” Charles agrees to swear fealty to Henry.
Scene 5. In London, Henry is dazzled by Suffolk’s account of Margaret. He resolves to marry her,
despite Gloucester’s reminder that he is already betrothed to Armagnac’s daughter. Suffolk is
exultant: “I will rule both her, the king, and realm.”