Act 2 - Scene 2
London. YORK'S garden.
Enter YORK, SALISBURY, and WARWICK
Now, my good Lords of Salisbury and Warwick,
Our simple supper ended, give me leave
In this close
walk to satisfy myself,
In craving your opinion of my title,
Which is infallible, to England's crown.
My lord, I long to hear it at full.
Sweet York, begin: and if thy claim be good,
The Nevils are thy subjects to command.
Edward the Third, my lords, had seven sons:
The first, Edward the Black Prince, Prince of
The second, William of Hatfield, and the third,
Lionel Duke of Clarence: next to whom
of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster;
The fifth was Edmund Langley, Duke of York;
The sixth was Thomas
of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester;
William of Windsor was the seventh and last.
Edward the Black Prince
died before his father
And left behind him Richard, his only son,
Who after Edward the Third's death reign'd
Till Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster,
The eldest son and heir of John of Gaunt,
by the name of Henry the Fourth,
Seized on the realm, deposed the rightful king,
Sent his poor queen
to France, from whence she came,
And him to Pomfret; where, as all you know,
Harmless Richard was
Father, the duke hath told the truth:
Thus got the house of Lancaster the crown.
Which now they hold by force and not by right;
For Richard, the first son's heir, being dead,
The issue of
the next son should have reign'd.
But William of Hatfield died without an heir.
The third son, Duke of Clarence, from whose line
I claimed the crown, had issue, Philippe, a daughter,
married Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March:
Edmund had issue, Roger Earl of March;
Roger had issue,
Edmund, Anne and Eleanor.
This Edmund, in the reign of Bolingbroke,
As I have read, laid claim unto the crown;
And, but for Owen
Glendower, had been king,
Who kept him in captivity till he died.
But to the rest.
His eldest sister, Anne,
My mother, being heir unto the crown
Married Richard Earl of Cambridge; who
To Edmund Langley, Edward the Third's fifth son.
By her I claim the kingdom: she was heir
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