Henry IV Part Two
King Henry, his country split by bitter civil wars, grows sick in mind as well as body. The Earl of Northumberland, in depair at the death of his son, lends his support to a second ebellion, led by the Archbishop of York. The King fears, too, that his son Hal has returned to his old life with Falstaff and the rogues and whores of Eastcheap. But the Prince is changing. He begins to see that life with his rough companions represents nothing which can uphold or strengthen a nation. Falstaff is sent on a recruiting expedition and renews old acquaintance in Gloucestershire. The rebel army is met by the King's forces, led this time by Prince John of Lancaster. On his deathbed, King Henry is reconciled with his son; the crown, with its weight and its guilt, passes to Hal who, Henry V, must try to restore order and good government.