Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
Want 100 or more?
for a customized plan.
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews December 7, 2023
November 30, 2023
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
Annual Plan - Group Discount
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
See discount terms and conditions.
King Henry IV's plans to launch a crusade are put on hold when news arrives that a rebellion had broken out on one of his borders, and that one of his most successful allies is behaving strangely.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 1, Scene 1.
Prince Henry agrees to join in a practical joke on Falstaff. Prince Henry lives an idle life of vice and leisure but does so in order to win notice and respect when he someday turns his life around and becomes a virtuous noble.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 1, Scene 2.
Hotspur becomes furious with King Henry over his refusal to honor the contributions that Hotspur’s family made to his rise to power. Earl of Worcester explains an elaborate plan to get King Henry’s rivals to band together in order to overthrow the king.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 1, Scene 3.
The innkeeper tells Gadshill that a group of wealthy merchants will be leaving the inn soon, and Gadshill goes to make arrangements to rob them.
Falstaff, along with Gadshill and other friends, rob a group of wealthy travelers, while Prince Henry and Poins prepare to rob Falstaff in turn.
Hotspur decides that he can’t wait any longer to start the rebellion, for fear his plans will be leaked to King Henry. Hotspur’s wife, Lady Percy, asks him what he is up to, but he insults her and refuses to fill her in.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 1, Scenes 1–3.
Prince Henry and Falstaff pretend to be the King and Prince.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 2, Scene 4.
The leaders of the rebel armies meet to finalize their alliance against King Henry. They divide up who will receive which lands after their victory, and say a final farewell to their wives.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 3, Scene 1.
King Henry chastises Prince Henry's behavior and choice of company, claiming that Hotspur would be a better heir because even though he is a traitor, at least he has character. Prince Henry replies that he will begin acting like a worthy heir, and that he will defeat Hotspur in battle.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 3, Scene 2.
Prince Henry returns to the Boar’s Head Inn, settles his associates’ debts, and gives each of them their official assignments for the war to come.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 3, Scene 3
The rebels receive troubling news: Hotspur's father has decided not to send his troops, the King's forces are on their way, and Glyndwr's troops won't arrive in time to join the battle.
Falstaff has put together a group of terrible soldiers.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 4, Scenes 1 & 2.
Blunt arrives at the rebels' camp with a peace offering from King Henry, and Hotspur recounts how his family helped King Henry win the throne, but King Henry has not shown gratitude.
The Archbishop of York, concerned that the rebels will be defeated the next day, sends letters in a contingency plan to try to protect himself from being taken down as a rebel himself.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 4, Scenes 3 & 4.
The rebels will not accept the peace offering because Hotspur still feels slighted about his family’s treatment. Prince Henry suggests that he and Hotspur engage in combat to determine the winner and spare the lives of the soldiers on both sides.
Worcester falsely tells Hotspur that King Henry insulted the Percy family. A furious Hotspur declares that he will seek out Prince Henry during the battle and kill him himself.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 5, Scenes 1 & 2.
During the battle, Douglas kills Blunt, who is acting as a decoy for King Henry. Prince Henry loses his sword in battle and when he asks Falstaff to borrow his, Falstaff declines out of cowardice.
Prince Henry defends his father from Douglas in battle. Prince Henry then fights Hotspur in combat, killing him, although Falstaff later stabs Hotspur’s dead body and claims that he was the one to finish him off.
With the battle over and the rebels successfully defeated, King Henry makes plans along with his allies and his son to deal with the other rebellious factions who were not present at the battle.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Act 1, Scenes 3–5.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Henry IV, Part 1!