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Prince Henry, his son; afterwards King Henry III..
Geffrey Fitz-Peter, Earl of Essex, Chief Justiciary
William Longsword, Earl of Salisbury.
Robert Bigot, Earl of Norfolk.
Hubert de Burgh, Chamberlain to the King.
Robert Faulconbridge, son of Sir Robert Faulconbridge:
James Gurney, servant to Lady Faulconbridge.
Philip, King of France.
Cardinal Pandulpho, the Pope's Legate.
Melun, a French Lord.
Chatillon, Ambassador from France to King John.
Elinor, the Widow of King Henry II. and mother of
Constance, mother to Arthur.
Blanch, daughter to Alphonso King of Castile, and
Lady Faulconbridge, mother to the bastard, and Robert
Lords, Ladies, Citizens of Angiers, Sheriff, Heralds, Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
SCENE, sometimes in England, and sometimes in France.
The dragon of King John, Hagh not writter with the utmost power of hakespe is vased with a very a very pleasing interchangeof meidents and characters . The Lady : hief is very affecting; and the character of the Bastard contains that mixture of greatness and levity which this author delighted to exhibit_
Aephens, however, seems to doubt thit
was written by Shakespeare
KING JOH N.
ACT I. SCENE I.
NORTHAMPTON. A ROOM OF STATE IN THE
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,
my behaviour, to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty of England here.
Elin. A strange beginning;-borrow'd majesty! K. John. Silence, good mother; hear the embassy. Chat. Philip of France, in right and true behalf Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son, Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim To this fair island, and the territories; To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine: Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles;
K. John, What follows, if we disallow of this?
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
Controlment for controlment: so answer France.
The furthest limit of
K. John. Bear mine to him, and so depart in peace :
Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France;
For ere thou canst report I will be there,
The thunder of my cannon shall be heard:
Elin. 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