Henry VI, Pt. 2 :: Scenes :: Henry VI, Part 2: Act IV, Scene 3

Scene 3

Another part of Blackheath.

(Jack Cade; Dick the Butcher)

The rebels and loyalist forces battle, and the Staffords are killed. Cade puts on the armor of one of them and prepares to march on London, planning to break open the prisons there. ( line)

Alarums to the fight, wherein both the Staffords are slain.

Enter Cade and the rest.


Where’s Dick, the butcher of Ashford?


Here, sir.


They fell before thee like sheep and oxen, and thou behavedst thyself as if thou hadst been in thine own slaughter-house; therefore thus will I reward thee: the Lent shall be as long again as it is, and thou shalt have a license to kill for a hundred lacking one.


I desire no more.


And, to speak truth, thou deserv’st no less. This monument of the victory will I bear,

Putting on Stafford’s armor.

and the bodies shall be dragg’d at my horse heels till I do come to London, where we will have the Mayor’s sword borne before us.


If we mean to thrive and do good, break open the jails and let out the prisoners.


Fear not that, I warrant thee. Come, let’s march towards London.




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