Less popular than its predecessor, Henry IV, Part Two was likely written between 1596 and 1599 (after the performances of Henry IV, Part One). It was not entered into the Stationer’s Company Register until 1600. That same year, it was published in quarto, but not printed again until the First Folio of 1623.
Like Shakespeare’s other history plays, Henry IV, Part Two is based on Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles, which detail the history of the kings of England. It is the third play in the Henriad tetralogy (after Richard II and Henry IV, Part One, and before Henry V). The play itself is not
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