In 1397, Richard II sits on the throne of England but he's a hollow man who wears a hollow crown.
Richard II has his throne taken away from him by Henry Bolingbroke whom he previously banished from England. Bolingbroke reigns as Henry IV but there remains one huge problem: what should he do about Richard?
Henry IV faces his first major challenge as king when the powerful Percy family revolts against him. But putting down the rebellion means that the king's son, Prince Hal, will have to face his close friend, Harry Percy aka Hotspur, on the battlefield.
The forces of Henry IV face the forces of the rebellious Percys at the Battle of Shrewsbury thus pitting Prince Hal against his close friend, Hotspur.
As Henry IV, Part II begins, the monarch faces new crises in his reign.
Upon the death of Henry IV, Prince Hal assumes the English throne as Henry V and quickly mends the freewheeling ways of his youth to become a real king.
Henry V has a claim to the throne of France and intends to press it whether the French like it or not.
It's once more unto the breach when Henry V attacks France in order to seize the French throne for himself. His campaign culminates in the Battle of Agincourt.
After the premature death of Henry V, his infant son ascends the throne of England as Henry VI.
Henry VI finally attains majority and takes the throne of England in his own right but proves to be far less of a king than his well-remembered father, Henry V.
Civil unrest at home and military setbacks in France lead to turmoil in the kingdom of Henry VI.
The War of the Roses begins when the Duke of York claims the throne of England for himself.
Henry VI, having been earlier deposed as king, is brought back to the throne as the War of the Roses continues. But how long will his second stint wearing the crown last?
As the House of York takes ascendancy in the Wars of the Roses, Richard of Gloucester plots to seize the throne of England, now held by his brother Edward IV, for himself.
Richard III has lied, cheated, and murdered his way onto the throne of England but faces one final challenge to keep his monarchy. Will he lose his kingdom for a horse?