A oung dynamic king in his late twenties very ambitious wants and needs to become ruler of two significant nations the King Henry v of England by a dubious claim has come to conueror France in the name of peace he destroys His father Henry IV an usurper murdered his own first cousin to gain the throne a traitor for sure however winners write the history books an are accepted as heroes it will always be this Nevertheless dies from a horrible disease soon after justice maybe But a conspiracy develops to assassinate the English sovereign before even leaving Southampton on his uest The determined son must overcome not a good looking man or as noble as he is portrayed here in fact no charmer still a great military leader the royal women aren t uite let us be frank pun intended attracted to doesn t write poetry or dance wellreuires respect some other way but has a passion for greatness and by slaughter This can be achieved only many will perish as the past and unforeseen days to come relentlessly shows a few men s dark dreams demolish the numerous other ones The huge foreign army from across the nearby stormy channel marches on victorious and unstoppable relentlessly bloodily The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics yet a little uncomfortable what are they doing here One man s desirethe seemingly endless hundredears war continues forever Charles v1 the mad a very capable monarch of France when not insane doesn t appear a lot in Shakespeare s play Henry V not in best of shape in 1415 A great famous though brutal battle to determine the future of these two mighty nations is fast approaching Agincourt Henry s family gives him loyal support brothers and uncles cousins take a major role he trusts themwith his life The French are fatally overconfident chiefly the Dauphin historically inaccurate and future ruler of his country he believes not technically in command of French forces the Constable of France is still very influential with a numerous powerful army on their own land the people hate the invaders how can they lose And all because William the Conueror of Normandy a foreigner from ironically France in 1066 stole the English crown from the rightful native king Soldiers not law make everything possible Or the beautiful daughter of King Charles Catherine could marry Henry and settle the conflict And Joan of Arc The Maid of Orleans won t arrive on the scene for almost 15 Mille et un champignons yearsThe Bard of Avon William Shakespeare s the magnificent the peerlessbetter plays written over 400ears ago imagine What is moral the perennial uestion asked and probably the answer never entirely satisfies everyone rememberpeople wear different shades of clothes Do I hear the drums of war Hal has drawn all the attention away from divided England with a time honored ploy of kings of any unsure stripe Let s kick the shit out of FranceEven though Henry V is a bright light and his fortunes burn ever brighter it s hard to go through this story without feeling a lot of heavy sorrow for how he burned up his friends in his rise and how he shed no tears as he learned of all his Faire l'amour de manire divine youthful adventurer s deaths save one and he was only a boy in a skirmish after the war had been wonTruly this play is the rock star legend played in blood honor and glory He burns so bright that he snuffs himself out in practically no time Who knows what kind of king he would have been had he lived to know his son shiver What kinds of tragedies might have been avoided such as losing France sending England into a 30ear civil strife and so much grief and poverty besidesAnd et this is the story of the greatest King of England the one that captures all our hearts and minds and me I m not even English and I don t particularly all our hearts and minds and me I m not even English and I don t particularly a whiff for royalty at all Henry IV part 1Yet herein will I imitate the sunWho doth permit the base contagious cloudsTo smother up his beauty from the worldThat when he please again to be himselfBeing wanted he may be wondered atBy breaking through the foul and ugly mistOf vapors that did seem to strangle himThe sun shook off the base clouds indeed to clothed the world in his naked splendor seeing Falstaff dead by hanging and nearly all his chums in the ground Is his early death his fate for having dishonored the dishonorable sigh This is probably my favourite Shakespeare play As always the language and poetry is amazing I love reading Shakespeare as I often find my head swaying in time to the rhythm of the verse I sometime speak it out loud too and hope I don t wake up my sleeping father lol This is one of the longest Shakespeare plays I have read however he is presenting an important period in the history of Britain A key point in the War of the RosesHenry V with his great granddad Edward III are my favourite British monarchs for their patriotism warrior like rule and the need to expand this great nation of ours This mainly depicts the build up to the battle of and the aftermath of Agincourt 1415 I have read some of his plays where he despises his main characters such as Richard III in the play of the same
"name and achilles "and Achilles Trolius and Cressida I think Henry V Shakespeare truly respected for his great legacy and it shows in the writing I don t think he has written such an honourable character It is mainly about the royals of England and there counterparts in France but also follows different soldier ranks to to see the battle from numerous perspectives It also contains a few comedy moments such as Henry dressing up as a soldier to see what the army really think of him Some of the monologues are amazing and motivational regarding the war which really heightens the legendary status that Shakespeare is presenting I might now watch the BBC version of this featuring Tom Hiddlestone as the titular character to see how it compares to how I envisaged it in my mind of course I want to see this at the Royal Shakespeare society in Stratford as soon as possibleOnce unto the breach my friend once James x wwwyouandiwordpresscom Henry V Wars of the Roses 4 William ShakespeareHenry V is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written near 1599 It tells the story of King Henry V of England focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt 1415 during the Hundred Years War 1993 1371 202 1384 9643415333 1393 9789643415334 1387 1422 16 1599 1415 1944 1989 Henry V is indeed the grand finale of Shakespeare s second historical tetralogy right after Hen. Henry V is Shakespeare’s most famous “war play”; it includes the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt Some of it glorifies war especially the choruses and Henry’s speeches urging his troops into battle But we also hear bishops conniving for war to postpone a bill that would tax the church and soldiers expecting to reap profits from the conflict Ev. Ry IV Part 2 So here exit Falstaff whose death is recounted by Mistress uickly in the first act and we are now in the presence of a conuering and warlike Harry who is like chalk and cheese when compared with his former self the dissolute Prince Hal A few of Falstaff and Hal s companions remain however on the battlefield and provide some colourful moments Henry V is an incredibly dynamic play performed at the very opening of the Globe this wooden O but feels in retrospect as if it had been written for the big screen the action leaps in space from one act to the next from London to Southampton to Harfleur to Paris to Agincourt back to England and back again to France So much so that Shakespeare felt the need to add a Chorus who like the rolling billboards at the beginning of each Star Wars episode provides some context and clarity to a possibly inattentive or disoriented audience In fact Shakespeare boldly tramples all the rules of Aristotle s Poetics underfoot just as Harry successfully rides roughshod over all rules of military strategyThen there is this effervescence of languages as the story of Henry V spans across most of Europe Scotland Jamy Ireland MacMorris Wales Fluellen England the court of Henry V France the court of Charles VI Bavaria and Milan the ueen of France Burgundy the Duke Philip the Good The blending of accents and idioms and the misunderstandings that follow are absolutely toe curling and uite often uproarious I am guessing that had Shakespeare lived in our time he most probably would have drawn a great tragicomedy out of the present Brexit situationFinally unlike most of Shakespeare s Histories which in essence are tragedies Henry V is fundamentally an epic poem More than in any other play there are moments in it of absolutely breathtaking heroic flight There is the gripping scene before the walls of Harfleur of course Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit To his full height III1 Above all there is the famous St Crispin s Day speech just before the battlefield at Agincourt And Crispin Crispian shall ne er go by From this day to the ending of the world IV3 This text is indeed shorter but entirely on the level in my opinion of even the Bhagavad Gita another divine address ahead of an epic battle Apparently this sort of eve of battle speech later became a prereuisite in epic stories especially in movies from Chaplin s Great Dictator to The Return of the King Braveheart Gladiator 300 The Deathly Hallows Game of Thrones and many others not to mention the great military and political speeches recorded throughout recent history from Winston Churchill to Charles de Gaulle to JFK Edit Just watched the cinematic adaptation of this play within the Hollow Crown series with Tom Hiddleston best known as Loki in the Avengers movies as the title role His performance is remarkable he delivers the Azincourt locker room speech in the gentlest simplest almost hopeless manner which makes it a real tear jerker Loved it Edit 2 Just watched The King the epic movie with Thimot e Chalamet recently released on Netflix The film covers the period between Hotspur s rebellion see King Henry IV Part 1 in Shakespeare and the Treaty of Troyes in Shakespeare s Henry V Director David Mich d distances himself uite a bit from Shakespeare s play in the plot case in point Falstaff is one of Henry s major strategists at Agincourt in the movie whereas he was already long dead in Shakespeare s play The tone is uite different as well when Henry V is for the most part a heroic play The King feels like a dark conspiracy drama Chalamet as a Gloomy English King And Pattinson English King and Pattinson a ridiculous French Dauphin are both outstanding The visual depiction of the battle of Agincourt is a major highlight the tactics are extremely well laid out and the mayhem and horrific aspects of hand to hand battle and stampede in the bog a sort of super gritty and bloody rugby scrum are indeed awe inspiring If ever I had to have a crush on an actual English King it might have been Henry V It probably would have been in vain since he doesn t seem to have had much affection for anyone but who cares The scandalous outh vanished some time before Henry IV died and when Henry V was crowned king he showed the worldHal has become a stern but fair ruler who apparently didn t smile or only slightly and not very often and was a cunning politician who made sure England s treasury was refilled But this play is not about the whole history of Henry V Instead we begin when his fleet sets out to France You see His Majesty a term introduced by Richard II by the way wanted to grab the Turks by their beards but conuering lands in France was a pressing matter and probably cheaper too although the re opening of the Hundred Years War was costly enough Right at the beginning the play deals with an assassination attempt that actually took place Some of ou might know the phrase Once unto the breach dear friends it s from this play There are uite a few battles Henry has to fight but none as remarkable as Agincourt that immortalized Henry V The English were vastly outnumbered but Henry proved to be a fantastic fighter himself but also a brilliant strategist The play also shows how the king the night before the battle at Agincourt walks amongst his soldiers to ensure their motivation according to historical records Henry V really did care about his people the soldiers as much as the noblemen and even the poor The battle is won and what does a happy victor do afterwards Right wooing a girl In this case Catherine de Valois The play funnily illustrates the difficulty of courtship even for a victorious king by playing the neither spoke the other s language card Not very realistic but it was good funSince Charles VI the then French king is uite weak it doesn t take long until Henry V is proclaimed his heir The play almost ends here were it not for a sort of epilogue foreshadowing what will happen after Henry V s death the loss of French territory and bad reign of his infant sonMore of that in my reviews about Henry VI 3
Parts In Total HoweverThis Is Definitely Myin total howeverThis is definitely my OF SHAKESPEARE S HISTORIES SO FAR Shakespeare s histories so far because Henry V is such a great character The real life king must have been a sight to behold An impeccable knight with wonderful manners very intelligent stern but just swoonsThis play brings out the best im hi. En in the speeches of Henry and his nobles there are many chilling references to the human cost of warThe authoritative edition of Henry V from The Folger Shakespeare Library the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently M naturally and only focuses on what went right in Henry s campaign in France which was uite a lot the number of territories he conuered is staggering Too bad the end sort of diminished that but only almost As for the play itself all is well that ends well Sure it s a jingoistic pageant but it s a great jingoistic pageant and besides it is the most melancholyironic self aware and laugh filled jingoistic pageant ever staged In Act V Henry tells Katherine that together they will produce a son and that this warlike paragon of chivalry will march to the Holy Land and take the Turk by the beard Yet we should know and Shakespeare s audience certainly kne On my initial read this was likely my least favorite of the long cycle of plays from Edward III to Richard III But with time my opinion has improved It starts and ends with a chorus and is primarily about Henry V s short violent reign his defeat of the French at Agincourt and his death I realize the Harry was a mighty warrior but his tendency to kill every man woman and child after a battle wore on me The best moment for me was when he is disguised and circulating among his troops He has become far introspective than the brash party animal he was with Falstaff by his side in Henry IV Part 1 All in all it must be said that this is a very patriotic play Framed by Chorus it plays out like a Greek tragedy for the French and ends with a mariage The opening and closing were very memorable as was the off stage death of FalstaffOf the various Shakespearean kings Henry V is probably the most idealized as a warrior Before the battle in Act 3 scene i we get the famous pep talkOnce unto the breach dear friends once Or close the wall up with our English deadIn peace there s nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humilityBut when the blast of war blows in our earsThen imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews summon up the bloodDisguise fair nature with hard favour d rage Then lend the eye a terrible aspect Let pry through the portage of the headLike the brass cannon let the brow o erwhelm itAs fearfully as doth a galled rockO erhang and jutty his confounded baseSwill d with the wild and wasteful oceanNow set the teeth and stretch the nostril wideHold hard the breath and bend up every spiritTo his full height On on ou noblest EnglishWhose blood is fet from fathers of war proofFathers that like so many AlexandersHave in these parts from morn till even foughtAnd sheathed their swords for lack of argumentDishonour not Climate, Society and Subsurface Politics in Greenland your mothers now attestThat those whomou call d fathers did beget La Muette youBe copy now to men of grosser bloodAnd teach them how to war Andou good Vie des douze Csars (Intgrale) Sutone yeomanWhose limbs were made in England show us hereThe mettle ofour pasture let us swearThat EnochDialogues avec dieu et les anges you are worthour breeding which I doubt not For there is none of Catamount, Tome 3 : La justice des corbeaux you so mean and baseThat hath not noble lustre inour eyesI see Building Performance Analysis you stand like greyhounds in the slipsStraining upon the start The game s afootFollowour spirit and upon this chargeCry God for Harry England and Saint George He disguises himself to walk among the soldiers and gauge the moral before the battle Here is is reflecting on his thoughts of being a king and et still a manI think the King is but a man as I am The violet smells to him as it doth to me His ceremonies laid by in his nakedness he appears but a manHenry V Act 4 scene iHe gives another good and incredibly famous pep talk before the
BATTLE AS WELL WE FEW WEas well We few we few we band of brothers For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother be he ne er so vile This day shall gentle his condition And gentlemen in England now abed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin s dayHenry V Act 4 scene iiiOne thing that was particularly curious about this play was the off color humor and the jabs at the French accent The most famous part is Act 3 scene iv where Alice a servant is teaching English to Princess Katharine and they use some rude expressionsKATHARINEAinsi dis je d elbow de nick et de sin Comment appelez vous le pied et la robeALICEDe foot madame et de counKATHARINEDe foot et de coun O Seigneur Dieu ils sont les mots de son mauvais corruptible gros et impudiue et non pour les dames d honneur d user Je ne voudrais prononcer ces mots devant les seigneurs de France pour tout le monde Foh le foot et le coun N anmoins je r citerai une autre fois ma le on ensemble d hand de fingres de nails d arm d elbow de nick de sin de foot de counNote that in French slang foot is pronounced foutre and means sperm or the sexual act and coun is euivalent to cunt More details on this blog is a later section that is pretty funny which makes fun of the French accentKING HENRYI said so dear Katharine and I must not blush to affirm itKATHARINEO bon Dieu les langues des hommes sont pleines de tromperiesKING HENRYWhat says she fair one That the tongues of men are full of deceitsALICEOui dat de tongues of de mans is be full of deceits dat is de PrincessHenry V Act 5 scene iiiI found it entertaining to see that even old Will albeit early in his career was poking fun at the French accent And in retrospect it lets us see ever briefly the charming fun loving Harry in a playful mood after the brutality of the battlefieldThe Hollow Crown from 2012 2013 ended their first season with a marvelous 2h18m rendition which truly shone light on the text for me Hiddleston was an excellent Henry V and all the characters were well cast The battle scene was impressive Before moving on to Henry VI I am watching both Laurence Olivier s 1944 version as well as Kenneth Branagh s 1989 version The Laurence Olivier version had some great moments particularly playing the initial scene as an Elizabethan tongue in cheek comedy Contrasted with the serious as a heartattack version by Kenneth Branaugh which feels almost overly serious I think that the Hollow Crown in this case did the most justice and showed the most balance between the serious and farcical aspects of this play We few we happy few we band of brothers For he to day happy few we band of
brothers For he to day sheds his blood with me shall be my brother William ShakespeareFor he to day sheds his blood with me shall be my brother William Shakespeare V Act 4 Scene 3It is hard to find fault with Henry V It isn t Shakespeare s BEST but his best are almo Henry V is often uite disturbing at times but in my opinion it s one of Shakespeare s best and most original plays. Laced on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further readi. .