Suggestions for Collateral Reading
George Lockhart Rives: An Essay on the First, Second, and Third Parts of Henry the Sixth; Commonly attributed to Shakespeare. 1874. (Harness Prize Essay. Largely based on Grant White's earlier monograph on the same subject.)
F. G. Fleay: Who Wrote 'Henry VI'? Macmillan's Magazine, November, 1875.
Life and Work of Shakspere, 1886, 255–263.
W. H. Egerton: Talbot's Tomb in the Parish Church of St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch. In Transactions of the Shropshire Archæological and Natural History Society, viii. 413–440, 1885. (An interesting article dealing with the exhumation of Talbot's bones and the evidence derived from them concerning the manner of his death.)
W. G. Boswell-Stone: Shakspere's Holinshed, ix. 205–242, 1896.
J. B. Henneman: The Episodes in Shakespeare's I. Henry VI. In Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, xv. 290–320, 1900. (An admirable article.)
H. D. Gray: The Purport of Shakespeare's Contribution to 1 Henry VI. In Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, xxxii. 367-382, 1917.
The most elaborate edition of the play is that of H. C. Hart (Arden Shakespeare, Methuen, 1909. Considerable philological erudition is here vitiated by unsound judgment). Other helpful editions are W. J. Rolfe's (1882); Frank A. Marshall's in vol. i of the Henry Irving Shakespeare (1888), containing important introduction and notes; and that in the New Grant White Shakespeare, vol. vi (Little, Brown & Co., 1912).
Students of the play will find it interesting to compare the treatment of Joan of Arc and Talbot with the presentation of the same figures in Voltaire's travesty, La Pucelle d'Orléans (first authorized edition, 1762), and in Schiller's ultra-romantic Jungfrau von Orleans (1801).
Much important information regarding Sir John Fastolfe and a number of letters written by him will be found in the first volume of Gairdner's edition of the Paston Letters (1872). See also Gairdner, The Historical Element in Shakespeare's Falstaff in Studies in English History, 55-77, 1881; and L. W. Vernon Harcourt, The Two Sir John Fastolfs in Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 1910, 47-62. The latter attempts, on interesting but not very convincing evidence, to identify Falstaff with a somewhat older and obscurer namesake of the Fastolfe of 1 Henry VI.