Want to know where Henry IV Part 2 is set? See each setting Shakespeare used in the play on the map below.
Shakespeare set Henry IV Part 2 at the end of Henry IV’s reign and ends with Prince Hal becoming Henry V. The action is divided among the royal palace in Whitehall, the Boar’s Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, and Gloucestershire. Each of the locations is important. The Court is a solemn place without laughter, full of the seriousness of state matters. The Boar’s Head Tavern is where the drunkards and scoundrels are to be found and it full of laughter, without any sense of responsibility. Gloucestershire represents rural England. Falstaff takes a tour of Gloucestershire, recruiting men for his army. Shakespeare, therefore, gives us a wide view of England in this play – the court, the life of ordinary town people, and country life
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Henry IV Part 2. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, and click the icons on the map for more information. Text in the more info box are the specific locations Shakespeare references in his Henry IV Part 2 text.
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