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Joan captures the city of Rouen by deceit but Talbot wins it
back from her the same day. Joan appeals to Burgundyís
patriotism and manages to win him over. Talbot goes to Paris
to pay his respect to Henry VI and has created the Earl of
Shrewsbury for his bravery. Henry VI is crowned as king of
France in Paris. When he hears of Burgundyís desertion he
sends Talbot to convince him otherwise. When the quarrel of
Somerset and York comes before his attention he declares his
impartiality in the matter and urges them to settle the matter
amicably. Exeter fears that this discord will bring ruin upon the
The French manage to trap Talbot in the battle of Bordeaux.
Somerset and York both fail to send him assistance and each
holds the other responsible for this. Despite Talbotís urging his
son, John, refuses to flee from the battle and both father and
son lose their lives fighting the French.
Henry VI agrees to marry the daughter of one of Dauphinís
relatives to cement peace between the two nations. Joan loses
the support of the spirits that assisted her in the past with the
result that she is captured by the English and burnt at the stake
as a witch.
Suffolk, besotted by Margaret of Anjou, arranges her marriage
to Henry VI with the condition that Maine and Anjou be
restored to the French. Dauphin is made the king of France but
as a viceroy of the English king. Henry VI impressed by the
account of Margaretís beauty and virtue by Suffolk breaks off
his former engagement and declares his intent to marry
Margaret. Suffolk reveals his ambition to become the real
source of influence on Margaret, Henry VI and finally on the
nation of England itself.
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