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The lists at Coventry.
The jousting fields at Coventry.
Enter the Lord Marshal and the DUKE OF AUMERLE
The LORD MARSHAL and the DUKE OF AUMERLE enter.

LORD MARSHAL
My Lord Aumerle, is Harry Hereford arm’d?
LORD MARSHAL
My Lord Aumerle, does Harry Hereford have his weapons?

DUKE OF AUMERLE
Yea, at all points; and longs to enter in.
DUKE OF AUMERLE
Yes, completely, and he wants to begin.


LORD MARSHAL
The Duke of Norfolk, sprightfully and bold,
Stays but the summons of the appellant’s trumpet.
LORD MARSHAL
The spirited and bold Duke of Norfolk is just waiting for his accuser’s summons.

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DUKE OF AUMERLE
Why, then, the champions are prepared, and stay
For nothing but his majesty’s approach.
DUKE OF AUMERLE
Why, then, they are both ready, and we’re only waiting on the king’s entrance.
The trumpets sound, and KING RICHARD enters with his nobles, JOHN OF GAUNT, BUSHY, BAGOT, GREEN, and others. When they are set, enter THOMAS MOWBRAY in arms, defendant, with a Herald
Trumpets blow. KING RICHARD II enters with JOHN OF GAUNT, BUSHY, BAGOT, GREEN, and others. Once they are seated, THOMAS MOWBRAY enters with his weapons. A herald also enters.




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KING RICHARD II
Marshal, demand of yonder champion
The cause of his arrival here in arms:
Ask him his name and orderly proceed
To swear him in the justice of his cause.
KING RICHARD II
Marshal, ask the combatant why he’s come here with weapons. Ask him his name and make him swear in accordance with the rules that his mission is one of justice.





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LORD MARSHAL
In God’s name and the king’s, say who thou art
And why thou comest thus knightly clad in arms,
Against what man thou comest, and what thy quarrel:
Speak truly, on thy knighthood and thy oath;
As so defend thee heaven and thy valour!
LORD MARSHAL
In God’s name and the king’s, tell us who you are and why you have come here with armor and weapons. Who is your opponent, and what is your quarrel? Tell us the truth, as you’ve sworn on your knighthood. Make your defense.





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THOMAS MOWBRAY
My name is Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk;
Who hither come engaged by my oath—
Which God defend a knight should violate!—
Both to defend my loyalty and truth
To God, my king and my succeeding issue,
Against the Duke of Hereford that appeals me
And, by the grace of God and this mine arm,
To prove him, in defending of myself,
A traitor to my God, my king, and me:
And as I truly fight, defend me heaven!
THOMAS MOWBRAY
My name is Thomas Mowbray, the Duke of Norfolk. I’ve come as I had sworn to— God forbid a knight breaks his oath! I’m here both to defend my loyalty and the truth of my testimony to God, my king, and any children that I might have. With the grace of God and my ability to fight, I’ll prove that my opponent, the Duke of Hereford, is a traitor to God, the king, and to me. And may heaven protect me, since I fight with honor!