Henry VI, Part I is the story of its title character, Henry VI of England, and of his struggle to keep England together during a period of infighting and scheming. Henry's kingdom crumbles steadily, though, and his French territories are lost one by one as unrest foments among the English nobility. The play's culmination is involved in the beginning of the conflict known as the War of the Roses, a clash between Henry's Lancastrian family and supporters and the rival Yorkists.
The First Part of King Henry the Sixth is one of William Shakespeare's history plays, believed to have been written approximately 1588–1590. It is the first in the cycle of four plays often referred to as "The First Tetralogy."
And, therefore, frame the law unto my will.
Between two blades, which bears the better temper;
Between two horses, which doth bear him best;
Between two girls, which hath the merriest eye;—
I have, perhaps, some shallow spirit of judgment;
But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,
Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.
If he suppose that I have pleaded truth,
From off this brier pluck a white rose with me.
Somerset: Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer,But dare maintain the party of the truth,
Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me.
For princes should be free.