Primary Texts

Henry VI, Part One. The Oxford Shakespeare. Ed. Michael Taylor. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003.

Henry VI: a concordance to the text of the first folio. Oxford: The Clarendon P, 1970-71. Porter Library.

Hinchcliffe, Judith. King Henry VI, parts 1, 2, and 3 : an annotated bibliography. New York: Garland P, 1984. Porter Library.

King Henry VI Part 1. The Arden Shakespeare. Ed. Edward Burns. London: Bloomsbury, 2000.

The First Part of King Henry VI. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Ed. Michael Hattaway. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990.

Quarmby, Kevin (ed.). “Editorial Commentary”, 1 Henry VI. Internet Shakespeare Editions. Forthcoming, 2015-16.

Secondary Materials


Chernaik, Warren. "The paper crown : 1, 2, andHenry VI.The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's history plays. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Porter Library. 

Chopoidalo, Cindy. Shakespeare's First Tetralogy, Epic Poetry, and Historiography: How a Dramatist Creates a Fictional World. Lewiston: Mellon, 2014.

Clare, Janet. "The 'Histories' of Henry VI." Shakespeare in Europe: History and Memory [F]: 79-88.

Dickson, Lisa. "The King is Dead: Mourning the Nation in the Three Parts of Shakespeare's Henry VI." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 30, no. 1 (2003): 31-53.

Goy-Blanquet, Dominique. Shakespeare's early history plays : from chronicle to stage. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003. Porter Library.

Hattaway, Michael. "The Shakespearean History Play." The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Histories. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Hosley, Michael, ed. Shakespeare's Holinshed. New York: Capricorn, 1968.

Norwich, John Julius. Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485. London: Scribner, 2001.

Parvini, Neema. Shakespeare's History Plays: Rethinking Historicism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2012. Riggs, David. Shakespeare's Heroical Histories: Henry VI and the Literary Tradition. Cambridge MA: Harvard UP, 1971.

Sanok, Catherine. "Good King Henry and the Genealogy of Shakespeare's First History Plays." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 40: 1 (2010): 37-63.

Tillyard, E.M.W. Shakespeare's History Plays. London: Peregrine, 1962.


Barton, John, and Peter Hall, eds. The Wars of the Roses. London: British Broadcasting Company, 1970.

Barton, John. The Hollow Crown (Includes a poem written by Henry VI). London: Samuel French, 1962.

Bogdanov, Peter. Shakespeare: The Director's Cut: The Histories. Edinburgh: Capercaillie Books, 2005. 

Brady, Owen Edward. 'Henry VI: Revenge in France, and: Revolt in England (Review).' Theatre Journal. 55:1 (March 2003): 148-49.

Chernaik, Warren. "Henry VI and the critics -- Stage history, 1963-2006." The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's history plays. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Porter Library.

Courtney, Richard. Shakespeare's World of War: The Early Histories. Toronto: Simon and Pierre, 1994. 

Duncan-Jones, Katherine. "'Three partes are past': The Earliest Performances of Shakespeare's First Tetralogy." Notes and Queries 50 (2003): 20-21.

Godwin, Laura Grace. 'Harry the Sixth by Shakespeare's Globe, and: The Houses of York and Lancaster by Shakespeare's Globe, and: The True Tragedy of the Duke of York by Shakespeare's Globe.' Shakespeare Bulletin. 32:3 (Fall 2014): 487-97.

Hall, Edward, and Roger Warren. Rose Rage: Adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI plays. London: Oberon Modern Plays, 2002. 

Hampton-Reeves, Stuart. "Henry, Our Contemporary." Around the Globe: The Magazine of Shakespeare's Globe 54 (2013): 10-11.

---. "Transformational Shakespeare: 'Done Like a Frenchman": Henry VI, the Tyranny of the Audience and Spect-Actorial Adaptations.Multicultural Shakespeare, 4 (2007): <,article,19>

Hampton-Reeves, Stuart and Carol Chillington Rutter. Shakespeare in Performance - the Henry VI PlaysManchester: Manchester UP, 2006.

Henry VI. Dir. John Hirsch. Perf. Max Helpmann et al. Festival Strage, Stratford, ON. Stratford Festival of Canada, 1966. Reviews and Articles, University of Guelph Archives.

Henry VI. Dir. and adapted by Pam Brighton. Perf. Stephen Russell et al. Third Stage, Stratford, ON. Stratford Festival of Canada, 1980. House programme, University of Guelph Archives.

Henry VI: Revenge in France. Dir. and adapted by Leon Rubin. Perf. Michelle Giroux et al. Festival Theatre, Stratford, ON. Stratford Festival of Canada, 2002.

Loehlin, James N. "Brecht and the Rediscovery of Henry VI." in Shakespeare's History PlaysPerformance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad. Ed. Ton Hoenselaars. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. 133-50.

Ortego, James N. 'Alabama Shakespeare Festival's The War of the Roses.' Shakespeare Bulletin. 25:4 (Winter 2007). 113-121.

Oyelowo, David. Actors on Shakespeare - Henry VI Part OneLondon: Faber and Faber, 2003.

The Plantagenets. Dir. and adapted by Adrian Noble. Perf. Ralph Fiennes et al. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988-89.

Potter, Lois. 'Speaking With the Dead: the RSC History Cycle, 2007-08'. Shakespeare Quarterly. 60:4 (Winter 2009): 470-80.

Rose Rage. Dir. Edward Hall. Adapted by Edward Hall and Roger Warren. Perf. Jonathan McGuiness et al. Touring. Propeller Theatre Company, 2000. 

Saccio, Peter. "Scenes from a Turbulent Chronicle." Around the Globe: The Magazine of Shakespeare's Globe 53 (2013): 14-15.

Scharine, Richard G. "The Compleat Work of Henry VI (Abridged): A Comparison of Single-Play Adaptations at the Stratford, Ontario and Utah Shakespearean Festivals." Journal of the Wooden O Symposium 1 (2001): 75-86.

Shakespeare, William. The Plantagenets. London: Faber and Faber, 1991.

Walsh, Brian. Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan Performance of History. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. Porter Library.

Wilkinson, Kate. 'The Wars of the Roses (Review)'. Shakespeare Bulletin. 24:3 (Fall 2006). 113-120.


Born, Hanspeter. "The Date of 2, 3 Henry VI." Shakespeare Quarterly. 25:3 (Summer 1974): 323-34.

Chernaik, Warren. "Shakespeare as Co-Author: The Case of 1 Henry VI." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 27 (2014): 192-220.

Dessen, Alan C. "Compressing Henry VI." Rescripting Shakespeare: the text, the director, and modern productions. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002. 166-184.

Gaw, Allison. The origin and development of 1 Henry VI, in relation to Shakespeare, Marlowe, Peele, and Greene. New York: AMS P, 1971. University of Guelph Library.

Malone, Edmond. A Dissertation on the Three Parts of King Henry VI. Tending to Shew That Those Plays Were Not Written Originally by Shakspeare. Facsim. London: Gale Ecco Print Editions, 2010.

McNeir, Waldo. "Comedy in Shakespeare's Yorkist Tetralogy." Pacific Coast Philology 9 (April 1974): 48-55.

Mincoff, M. "The Composition of Henry VI Part 1." Shakespeare Quarterly. 16:4 (Autumn 1965): 279-87.

Nashe, Thomas. Pierce Penilesse his Supplication to the Diuell. London: 1592.

Ricks, Don M. Shakespeare's Emergent Form. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 1968.

Taylor, Gary. “Shakespeare and Others: The Authorship of Henry the Sixth, Part One.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama. 7 (1995), 145–205.

Tobin, J.J.M. "A Touch of Greene, Much Nashe, and All Shakespeare." Henry VI: Critical Essays. Ed. Thomas A. Pendleton. New York: Routledge, 2001. 39-55.

Vickers, Brian. “Incomplete Shakespeare: Or, Denying Coauthorship in 1 Henry VI.” Shakespeare Quarterly. 58:3 (Fall 2007): 311-352.

Vincent, Paul. "Structuring and Revision in 1 Henry VI." Philological Quarterly 84 (2005): 377-402.

---. When "harey" Met Shakespeare: The Genesis of The First Part of Henry the SixthSaarbrucken: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller <54>, 2008.

The War of the Roses. Dir. Benedict Andrews; Adapted by Tom Wright and Benedict Andrews. Perf. Cate Blanchett et al. Touring. Sydney Theatre Company, 2009.

The Wars of the Roses. Dir. John Barton. Adapted by John Barton and Peter Hall. Perf. Donald Sinden et al. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Royal Shakespeare Company, 1963.

Wolfson, John. "His Tiger's Heart." Around the Globe: The Magazine of Shakespeare's Globe 53 (2013): 28-29.


Boris, Edna Z. "The Tudor Constitution and Shakespeare's Two Tetralogies.College Literature. 4:3 (Fall 1977): 197-209.

Edymion Porter, Charlotte. "How Shakespeare Made Trees Act (In Henry VI, Titus Andronicus, and Love's Labour's Lost." Shakespeare Association Bulletin. 6:13 (July 1931). 113-18.

Foakes, R.A. (ed.). Henslowe’s Diary: Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Greg, W.W. (ed.). Henslowe's Diary. London: AH Bullen, 1904.

Gurr, Andrew. "Three Reluctant Patrons and Early Shakespeare." Shakespeare Quarterly 44:2 (Summer 1993): 159-74.

Hampton-Reeves, Stuart. "Done Like a Frenchman": Henry VI, the Tyranny of the Audience and Spect-Actorial Adaptations." Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, and Performance 4 (2007): 73-87 

McMillin, Scott, and Sally-Beth MacLean. The Queen’s Men and their Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Walsh, Brian. "Unkind Division: The Double Absence of Performing History in 1 Henry VI.Shakespeare Quarterly 55:2 (Summer 2004): 119-47.


Chernaik, Warren. "Henry VI: brave Talbot and his adversaries." The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's history plays. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Porter Library.

Cordery, Richard. "Duke Humphrey in Parts 1 and 2 of Henry VI, and Buckingham in Richard III." Players of Shakespeare 6 [F]: 184-97.

Crawford, Anne.  The Yorkists: The History of a Dynasty. London: Continuum, 2007. Porter Library.

Dockray, Keith. Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses : a sourcebook. Stroud: Sutton P, 2000. Porter Library.

Fraioli, Deborah. "The Literary Image of Joan of Arc." Speculum 56:4 (1981): 811-38. 

Gibinska, Marta. "Between History and Entertainment: Historical Narratives of Different Means and Aims." in Homo Narrans: Texts and Essays in Honor of Jerome Klinkowitz. Ed. Jerome KlinkowitzZygmunt Mazur, and Richard J. Utz. London: Jagiellonian UP, 2004. 75-91.

Hookham, Mary Ann. The life and times of Margaret of Anjou, queen of England and France; and of her father René "the Good", king of Sicily, Naples, and Jerusalem. With memoirs of the houses of Anjou. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872. 

Johnson, P.A. Duke Richard of York 1411-1460. Oxford: Clarendon P, 1988. Porter Library.

King, Annie Papreck. "Shaw's Saint Joan and Shakespeare's Joan la Pucelle." Text and Presentation Supplement 4 (2007): 109-21.

Leahy, William. "'Thy hunger-starved men': Shakespeare's Henry Plays and the contemporary Lot of the Common Soldier." Parergon new series 20, no. 2 (2003): 119-34.

Munro, Cecil (Ed.). Letters of Queen Margaret of Anjou and Bishop Beckington and others : written in the reigns of Henry V and Henry VI. From a ms. found at Emral in Flintshire. London: Camden Society, 1863.

Paxson, James J. "Shakespeare's Medieval Devils and Joan la Pucelle." in Henry VI: Critical Essays, ed. Thomas A. Pendleton. New York: Routledge, 2001. 127-55.

Pearlman, E. "Shakespeare at Work: The Two Talbots." Philological Quarterly 75:1, Winter 1996

Riddell, James A. "Talbot and the Countess of Auvergne." Shakespeare Quarterly. 28:1 (Winter 1977): 51-57.

Rodgers, Joel. "Talbot, Incorporated." Renaissance Shakespeare/ Shakespeare Renaissances: Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress. Eds. Martin Procházka, Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele, and Hanna Scolnicov. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 

Rossini, Manuela S. "The Sexual/Textual Impossibility of Female Heroism in the First Tetralogy." Shakespeare Yearbook 14 (2004): 45-78.

Schwarz, Kathryn. "Fearful Simile: Stealing the Breech in Shakespeare's Chronicle Plays." Shakespeare Quarterly 49:2 (Summer 1998). 140-67.

Sheppard, Philippa. "The Puzzle of Pucelle or Pussel: Shakespeare's Joan of Arc Compared with Two Antecedents." Renaissance Medievalisms [F]: 191-209.

Spiller, Ben. "'She and the Dolphin have been ingling': The Ambiguous Gender of Joan la Pucelle in Henry VI Part 1." Renaissance Journal 1, no. 5 (2002): 17-19.

Stanton, Kay. "A Presentist Analysis of Joan, la Pucelle: 'What's past and what's to come she can descry.'" Presentism, Gender, and Sexuality in Shakespeare [F]: 103-21.

Story Brown, Guy. Shakespeare's History: An Introduction to an Interpretation of 1 Henry VI and the English Histories. Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 2012.  

Wentersdorf, Karl P. "The Winchester Crux in the First Folio's 1 Henry VI." Shakespeare Quarterly 57:4 (Winter 2006). 443-49.

Williams, Gwyn. "Suffolk and Margaret: A Study of Some Sections of Shakespeare's Henry VI." Shakespeare Quarterly 25 (1974): 310-22.

Woodcock, Matthew. "John Talbot, Terror of the French: A Continuing Tradition." Notes and Queries 51 (2004): 249-51.


Craig, Leigh Ann. "Royalty, Virtue, and Adversity - the Cult of King Henry VI." Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies35:2 (Summer, 2003): 187-209.

Davies, John Silvester. An English chronicle of the reigns of Richard II., Henry IV., Henry V., and Henry VI. written before the year 1471 : with an appendix, containing the 18th and 19th years of Richard II. and the Parliament at Bury St. Edmund's, 25th Henry VI. and supplementary additions from the Cotton. ms. chronicle called "Eulogium." London: Camden Society, 1856.

Dessen, Alan C. "Stagecraft and imagery in Shakespeare's Henry VI.Shakespeare's Histories. Ed. Emma Smith: Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004. Porter Library.

Ellis, Henry (Ed.) Three books of Polydore Vergil's English history : comprising the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III from an early translation, preserved among the mss. of the old royal library in the British Museum. London: Camden Society, 1844. 

Goodall, John A. A. " The Lancastrian Age: Henry IV..., Henry V and Henry VI." The English Castle, 1066-1650. New Haven: Yale UP, 2010. UW Library Arch.

Griffths, Ralph. The reign of King ​Henry VI : the exercise of royal authority, 1422-1461. London: E. Benn, 1981. Porter Library.

Levin, Carole, and John Watkins. "Shakespeare's 1 Henry VI and the tragedy of Renaissance diplomacy." Shakespeare's foreign worlds: National and Transnational Iidentities in the Elizabethan Age. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2009. Porter Library.

Lull, Janis. "Plantagenets, Lancastrians, Yorkists, and Tudor: 1-3 Henry VI, Richard III, Edward III." in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Histories. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002. 89-105.

Nicolle, David. The Fall of English France, 1449-53Osprey Publishing, 2012.

Oman, C. History of England from the Accession of Richard II to the Death of Richard III. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1906. 

Rickard, J., Siege of Orleans, 4 February-March 1563. <> April 28 2015.

Stevenson, Joseph. Letters and papers illustrative of the wars of the English in France during the reign of Henry the Sixth, King of EnglandWiesbaden: Kraus Reprint 1965. UW Library Annex.

Watts, John Lovett. Henry VI and the Politics of Kingship. New York: Cambridge UP, 1996. Porter Library.

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