In the aftermath of the death of King Henry V, news reaches England of military setbacks in France. In Orleans, ‘La Pucelle’ (Joan of Arc) is encouraging the Dauphin to resist. In England, Richard, Duke of York, quarrels with the Duke of Somerset about his claim on the throne. The lords select red or white roses, depending on whether they favour the House of Lancaster or that of York. This is how the War of the Roses began.