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Shakespeare King Henry IV Part 1: What is the "money joke" in these lines?

The joke relies on knowledge of old English coinage. A Noble was worth six shillings and eight pence, or eighty pence, which was 1/3 of a pound sterling (£), the pound being at that time worth 240 ...
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1 Henry IV Act 5, Scene 3: "God keep the lead out of me"

Let us first look at the occurrences of words such as [gun]powder and pistol in the play as a whole. Falstaff says (Act V, scene 3), I am as hot as molten lead, and as heavy too. God keep lead out ...
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Shakespeare's vasty deep: was "vasty" a recognised variant of "vast" at the time?

There are five occurrences of "vasty" in Shakespeare's plays: 1 Henry IV, III.1.50: "I can call spirits from the vasty deep" Henry V, Prologue: "Can this cockpit hold / The vasty fields of France?" ...
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Is Harry Hotspur portrayed as a villain in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I?

He is a hero. The whole play is a "morality" play, with a virtue/vice comparison between Falstaff and Hotspur. But the twist is, from the outset, that Falstaff is really the virtue (wise, biblical, ...
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