Henry IV Part One
After deposing King Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke has taken the throne of England as Henry IV. He is plagued with guilt about the way he gained the crown and longs to expiate it by leading a crusade to the Holy Land. But the stability of his reign is threatened by growing opposition from some of the nobles who once helped him to the throne. And his son, Prince Hal, is another source of worry. He spends his time in the taverns of Eastcheap, leading a ritous life in the compny of Sir John Falstaff. Opposition to the King becomes open rebellion, led by Hotspur, the choleric and much admired son of the Earl of Northumberland; the Percys support the right to the throne of Hotspur's brother-in-law, Edmund Mortimer. The rebellion brings Hal to his father's side; he joins the King and the two armies meet at the battle of Shrewsbury, Hal vowing to seek out and defeat Hotspur.