• The lists at Coventry.
    Enter the Lord Marshal and the DUKE OF AUMERLE

    LORD MARSHAL

    My Lord Aumerle, is Harry Hereford arm’d?

    DUKE OF AUMERLE

    Yea, at all points; and longs to enter in.

    LORD MARSHAL

    The Duke of Norfolk, sprightfully and bold,
    Stays but the summons of the appellant’s trumpet.

    DUKE OF AUMERLE

    5Why, then, the champions are prepared, and stay
    For nothing but his majesty’s approach.
    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

    KING RICHARD II

    Marshal, demand of yonder champion
    The cause of his arrival here in arms:
    Ask him his name and orderly proceed
    10To swear him in the justice of his cause.

    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;
    15As so defend thee heaven and thy valour!

    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
    20To 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:
    25And as I truly fight, defend me heaven!
  • The jousting fields at Coventry.
    The LORD MARSHAL and the DUKE OF AUMERLE enter.

    LORD MARSHAL

    My Lord Aumerle, does Harry Hereford have his weapons?

    DUKE OF AUMERLE

    Yes, completely, and he wants to begin.

    LORD MARSHAL

    The spirited and bold Duke of Norfolk is just waiting for his accuser’s summons.

    DUKE OF AUMERLE

    Why, then, they are both ready, and we’re only waiting on the king’s entrance.
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!