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Quote: “Here have we war for war and blood for blood, control for control: so
answer France.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 19-20.  King John to Chatillion.  King John has just learned from France’s ambassador that Philip II, King of France, “lays most lawful claim to this fair island into young Arthur’s hand, thy nephew and right royal sovereign.” Arthur is the son of Geoffrey, one of the king’s deceased older brothers. Arthur is a legitimate heir to the crown. Arthur also has an ambitious mother. John doesn’t like the threat one bit, knowing his succession to the crown following his brother’s (Richard I) death, was suspect. Chatillion is King Philip’s ambassador to England. The quote is King John’s response to the challenge issued by France’s Philip. The year is 1200 AD.

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Quote: “You came not of one mother then, it seems.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 59.
John to Philip Faulconbridge. Philip and Robert Faulconbridge are brothers. Philip is the older. The brothers have come to the king to ask him to settle a dispute. Robert has told the king that he is Sir Robert Faulconbridge’s heir, his father having willed his lands to him. But the law of primogeniture makes the oldest (or older) son the legal heir. John offers the brothers this quote. The brothers do have, in fact, the same mother. That’s the issue. Sir Robert (Robert’s father) had been Richard I’s ambassador to Germany. Richard I was Richard the Lion-Hearted. John had succeeded Richard I as England’s king.

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Quote: “Your father’s wife did after wedlock bear him, and if she did play false, the
fault was hers, which fault lies on the hazards of all husbands that marry
wives.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 120-123. John to Robert Faulconbridge. King John has come to the conclusion that his brother, the late Richard I, was Philip’s father and that Lady Faulconbridge was Philip’s mother. The king lets us know through this quote that he believes Richard I’s affair with Robert’s mother (Lady Faulconbridge) was the kind of risk Sir Robert took when he married their mother.

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Quote: “My mother’s son did father your father’s heir; your father’s heir must have
your father’s land.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 131-132.  John to Robert Faulconbridge. Providing details, Robert lets all know that the then king, Richard I, did spend time with Robert’s mother when her husband, Sir Robert Faulconbridge, was away serving the king as ambassador to Germany. Through this quote, King John declares that Sir Robert’s lands belong to Philip.

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Quote:  “Brother, take you my land.  Madam, I’ll follow you unto the death.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 155-158. Philip to Robert and to Queen Eleanor. To try and help resolve the conflict between the Faulconbridge brothers, Queen Eleanor has asked Philip if he would rather have Sir Robert’s lands, or would he rather be a royal. Philip chooses to be a royal, to turn his inheritance over to his younger brother, and to follow Queen Eleanor, King John’s mother. Philip is pretty much known throughout the play as the Bastard. Philip notes that he would have taken the lands had he looked like Sir Robert, proud as he is to be told he looks like Richard I.

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Quote: “Brother by th’ mother’s side, give me your hand.  My father gave me honor; yours gave
land.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 168-169.  Philip to Robert.  Through this interesting process, Robert becomes the beneficiary of his father’s lands, and Philip is recognized as a member of the royal family, recognized as Richard Plantagenet, no less. Philip offers this quote to his brother and says “Brother, good fortune come to thee, for thou wast got i’ th’ way of honesty.”

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Quote: “Well, now can I make any woman a lady.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line 190.
Bastard to himself.  Philip Faulconbridge has been knighted as Richard Plantagenet, quite the royal name. But having been born out of wedlock, he is referred to as the Bastard. He is proud to be a royal, imagining what he can offer women. He says this “new-made honor doth allow me to forget men’s names.”

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Quote:  “Let me know my father, some proper man, I hope.  Who was it, mother?”

Answer: Act , Scene 1, Lines 257-259.  Bastard to Lady Faulconbridge.  Philip has just confronted his mother over his parentage. She calls him a “knave.” He corrects her, saying “Knight, knight, good mother.” He offers his mother this quote. We know his father was King John’s older brother, Richard the Lion-Hearted, a name to be proud of.

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Quote: “Thou art the issue of my dear offense, which was so strongly urged past my
defense.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 265-266.  Lady Faulconbridge to Philip.  She has just acknowledged that Richard I was his father. She says “Heaven lay not my transgression to my responsibility.” She then offers her son this quote.

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Quote: “He that perforce robs lions of their hearts may easily win a woman’s.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 176-277.  Philip to Lady Faulconbridge.  She has just told her son that Richard I was his father and apologizes for it. Philip asks his mother not to apologize, proud as he is of his father, saying “Ay, my mother, with all my heart I thank thee for my father.” Legend has it that Richard I robbed a lion of his heart, the lion having been placed in Richard’s prison cell.