Richard II

Act I, scene 3


The banishment of Bolingbroke and Mowbray


The banishment of Bolingbroke and Mowbray

1965 shows left to right, Alan Howard as Bolingbroke, John Neville as Richard in the centre, and John Tordoff as Mowbray. All three men are standing, with one hand (right for Bolingbroke, left for Mowbray) on the king's sword.

1980 shows left to right, John Bowe as Mowbray, Alan Howard as Richard in the centre, and David Suchet as Bolingbroke. Bolingbroke and Mowbray kneel, with both hands on the sword, to take the oath.


Return again, and take an oath with thee.
Lay on our royal sword your banish'd hands,
Swear by the duty that you owe to God -
Our part therein we banish with yourselves -
To keep the oath that we administer:
You never shall, so help you truth and God,
Embrace each other's love in banishment,
Nor never look upon each other's face,
Nor never write, regreet, nor reconcile
This louring tempest of your home-bred hate,
Nor never by advised purpose meet
To plot, contrive, or complot any ill
'Gainst us, our state, our subjects, or our land.


I swear.


And I, to keep all this.


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