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Henry IV Part I

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Part comedy, part tragedy, Henry IV is classified as

one of Shakepeare’s history plays although it takes

some liberties by including fictional characters, such

as Sir John Falstaff, and creating events which did

not occur in real life.

The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

(also known as Holinshed’s Chronicles) by Raphael Holinshed served as the basis for Henry IV, along with The Union of Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancastre and York (Edward Hall), The Civil Wars (Samuel Daniel), and The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth.

Falstaff’s character may have been loosely based on Pyrogopolynices, a weak-kneed soldier portrayed in the ancient Roman drama, Miles Gloriosus.

Henry IV Part I


Written 1597