Speeches (Lines) for Chatillon
in "King John"

Total: 5

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1

I,1,4

King John. Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us?

Chatillon. Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France
In my behavior to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty, of England here.


2

I,1,9

King John. Silence, good mother; hear the embassy.

Chatillon. Philip of France, in right and true behalf
Of thy deceased brother Geffrey's son,
Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim
To this fair island and the territories,
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine,
Desiring thee to lay aside the sword
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
And put these same into young Arthur's hand,
Thy nephew and right royal sovereign.


3

I,1,19

King John. What follows if we disallow of this?

Chatillon. The proud control of fierce and bloody war,
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.


4

I,1,23

King John. Here have we war for war and blood for blood,
Controlment for controlment: so answer France.

Chatillon. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth,
The farthest limit of my embassy.


5

II,1,345

King Phillip. A wonder, lady! lo, upon thy wish,
Our messenger Chatillon is arrived!
What England says, say briefly, gentle lord;
We coldly pause for thee; Chatillon, speak.

Chatillon. Then turn your forces from this paltry siege
And stir them up against a mightier task.
England, impatient of your just demands,
Hath put himself in arms: the adverse winds,
Whose leisure I have stay'd, have given him time
To land his legions all as soon as I;
His marches are expedient to this town,
His forces strong, his soldiers confident.
With him along is come the mother-queen,
An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife;
With her her niece, the Lady Blanch of Spain;
With them a bastard of the king's deceased,
And all the unsettled humours of the land,
Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries,
With ladies' faces and fierce dragons' spleens,
Have sold their fortunes at their native homes,
Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs,
To make hazard of new fortunes here:
In brief, a braver choice of dauntless spirits
Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er
Did nearer float upon the swelling tide,
To do offence and scath in Christendom.
[Drum beats]
The interruption of their churlish drums
Cuts off more circumstance: they are at hand,
To parley or to fight; therefore prepare.


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