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Henry V (Wars of the Roses #4)

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"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published 1599)
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Bill  Kerwin

Sure, it's a jingoistic pageant, but it's a great jingoistic pageant, and--besides--it is the most melancholy,ironic, 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 knew--that this boy would grow up to be Henry VI, the sickly, prayerful unstable man who
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Jenny
Apr 23, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Κείνος που επούλησε του λιονταριού το δέρμα,ενόσω εζούσε το θεριό,σκοτώθη κυνηγώντας το."

Από τους πιο συμπαθητικούς ιστορικούς χαρακτήρες του Shakespeare ο Ερρίκος ο Έ!Χάρηκα την ανάγνωση του έργου.
Caris
Feb 25, 2012 Caris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, shakespeare
I read this play a few weeks ago, but haven’t figured out exactly what to say about it. It’s been sitting there, just waiting to be reviewed; I’ve been negligent. If you look at the poor book now, you’ll notice that its tights are all wrinkled, it’s codpiece is all askew, and it’s in desperate need of a shave. It’s taken to habitual television watching; CSI: Miami. I just want to put it out of its misery. So here I go.

I haven’t stopped thinking about this play since I finished reading it. I was
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João Fernandes

(The Battle of Agincourt, 15th century illustration)

Edward II (you may remember him as the annoying whiny prince from Braveheart) married Isabella of France, daughter of King Charles VI. From their unwanted marriage sprung King Edward III, who apparently is the wet dream of English chivalry (we can't go half a play without hearing someone praise this guy).

Edward III claims the throne of France against his distant cousin Philip and the seemingly eternal conflict known as the Hundred Years War beg
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of the Roses, #3), William Shakespeare
عنوان: هنری پنجم؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: احمد خزاعی؛ تهران، قطره، 1371، در 202 ص، چاپ دوم 1384، شابک: 9643415333؛ چاپ پنجم 1393، شابک: 9789643415334؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه هنری پنجم شاه انگلستان 1387 تا 1422 قرن 16 م
Naomi Sarah
Apr 06, 2016 Naomi Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shakespeare = An author I do not like.

Why, you ask? Why did I not enjoy this famous epistle of Henry V and his antics of destroying the French? Why did I not bask in the old words and enjoy the 'comical' characters?

1. The words.
Maybe my brain is just zero, but I didn't understand HALF of it. More even, I only understood 1/9 words or something. It was terrible. I just can't relax reading it - I can't ENJOY it - Ijusthatedthisbookokay?!!
2. King Henry talks MUCH to much. Also, I find he has littl
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Jake
Apr 14, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Thanks to Kenneth Branagh, this Henry history play was the cool Shakespeare movie when I was in high school. Eat your heart out Franco Zeffirelli. Mr. Branagh acted and directed his butt off. There were lots of arrows flying between England and France. The French were portrayed as snobs, a testament to the Bard’s high research standards. The original score was majestic. Did I mention the cool arrows?

Honestly, I’m still not sure why England and France were fighting—something about tennis balls b
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David Sarkies
Jun 25, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love
Recommended to David by: University
Shelves: historical
An English Hero
13 January 2011

I originally read this play because it was set during the Hundred Years War and I wanted to use it as a primary source. Unfortunately it is not a primary source since it was written 150 years after the events depicted and the essay was about the English Parliament's influence on the war, which this play has nothing to do with. This is another example of why I would love to go back and redo those classes to see how well my essays come out now that I know a lot more.
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Ben
As I finish the second tetralogy's finale, King Henry V , I contemplate Shakespeare's effect on the presentation of history. He devotes nearly half of his theatrical contributions to stories plotted in reality rather than born of his imagination. I have argued before that Shakespeare, blessed with a genius' perspective, sees art not only in the creative arena but in reality. The presentation of the human condition happens among humans and not within the faculties of one's mind. Yet in order to ...more
Jordan
May 04, 2008 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"For God, Harry, and St George!"

Lord, what a play. Shakespeare is often times enjoyable, but I love to refer to this as the ultimate coming of age story. Every young man in the world deserves to see this performed.

The play is really, in my opinion, a cluster of insecurities facing young men. From his mockery at the hands of the Dauphin, to his proving his worth in combat, to the pressure put on him as king, the judgments he is forced to make, and maybe even a little romance, you will see Harry
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Cindy Rollins
Jul 01, 2015 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following on the heels of Much Ado we can see that Shakespeare's powers are at their zenith during this time period. I love Henry V and have read it several times out loud to the children and we have watched several versions. It is also a wonderful play for boys who love the St. Crispin's Day Speech on the fields of Agincourt.

One of my favorite cinematic scenes of all time is Kenneth Brannagh's Dona Nobis scene after the battle where he carries the little boy killed by the French. Perhaps it is
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Elizabeth
Nov 09, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

~Brushing up my Shakespeare!~

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Marquise
Well . . . talk about not delivering what was promised!

I'd have preferred it if Shakespeare had continued his comic side story with Falstaff, a character the audience already knew well and surely many liked for what he was meant to be, instead of the one he chose, Pistol, who's less known and not even a fraction as entertaining. In fact, he even feels a bit out of place in this play aimed at glorifying war so unapologetically, for being an incompetent fool instead of a funny incompetent fool.

The
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Zadignose
A somewhat unexpected development at at the end of a four-play series ("The Henriad"). Shakespeare comes across as remarkably cynical in the first three plays, yet in this one he takes as mostly sincere the moral reformation of Henry V, and the superiority of English/British honor (while peppering the play with a bit of ethnic humor, Shakespeare upholds the honor of the Welsh, whose main defect is merely that they speak a bit funny). To a large extent the play seems most like a "history play" am ...more
Martin
Feb 23, 2012 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I taught this play for 18 years, not because I thought it was Shakespeare's best history, but because of Branaugh's wonderful cutting of it which makes this play so much more teachable. The two Henry IV plays are better with their complicated politics, the tension between the King and his wayward son, wonderful characters like Hotspur, and, of course, his best comic creation in Falstaff. But they're harder to read mainly because of the use of low class slang in the Falstaff scenes. Henry V is ea ...more
David
Jun 07, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even for those whose introduction to Shakespeare has afforded them a positive experience -- thanks, perhaps, to a solid production of "Macbeth" or "Midsummer's Night's Dream" -- I think there's some trepidation about the history plays. I was no exception, feeling that my complete ignorance of the British monarchs would leave me unable to understand or enjoy the stories as told by Shakespeare.

I felt that way until my wife and I started seeing productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Altho
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Trevor
Aug 05, 2011 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
What I thought would happen in this play – the fourth in the sequence of ‘prequels’ Shakespeare wrote to his three Henry VI plays and Richard III – was that young Hal, now King Henry V, would show he had come of age, finally become a real hero and fulfilled his promise from Henry IV part I – “And like bright metal on sullen ground, / My reformation, glitt’ring o’er my fault / Shall show more goodly, and attract more eyes, / Than that which hath no foil to set it off.” All this I had expected – a ...more
Ela
I honestly liked the parts focused on Henry, his characters and the nature of his role as King; but there seemed to be so much unnecessary information in between. it read a bit like:

Blah Blah France England Blah France Blah Onto the Breach Blah Blah England Money France Blah France Je n'aime pas l'anglais Blah Blah Money Death Honour Blah France England Blah Blah Blah Fighting Gloves Agincourt Blah Blah Minor existential crisis Blah Blah Kings are regular guys Blah Marriage? Blah Blah Blah Je pe
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Petuli
3.5

Henry V is the first historical play I've read by Shakespeare. Let's say that his tragedies are more popular - or schools just push students more into reading tragedies. And I don't know why! There's so much to read and see here! I enjoyed this play a lot! It depicts the battle of Agincourt, where England won over France even though France had a much bigger army. Okay, so you will probably not take details about the battle from the play, but it's nice to have some background for the story. Bu
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Robert
Apr 11, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, historical
Yeah, yeah, I'm supposed to be reading King Lear, but the BBC broadcast Brannagh's Henry V film and I thought I'd catch it on iPlayer before it disappears.

Now generally speaking I'm not in favour of invading your neighbour because everything's a bit fraught at home and you need to create a distraction and a bit of nationalistic fervour to make people forget about it and think you're a hero, but when Shakespeare's Henry V does it, I'm on board for plenty of gung-ho Jingoism leavened with comedic
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Pete daPixie
Mar 09, 2012 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not easy for me to award high star ratings to texts of plays, even those from the pen of William Shakespeare. The Oxford Shakespeare series transforms the simple lines of the drama into something much greater. 'Henry V' is revealed in all it's glory as almost every line of dialogue is presented with explanations of the Elizabethan politic mindset, the historical sources and sixteenth century colloquialisms.
On stage or film set this play has become a monumental work. Right from the opening
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Jen Chough
May 29, 2009 Jen Chough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Inspired to read due to music from the movie
This is perhaps my favorite work of Shakespeare. When given the choice to read and write about ANTYHING (even a comic) as my last senior paper in AP English, it was a no-brainer to pull this play out. It's got it all - action, humor, drama, politics, and probably some of the most stirring and inspirational pre-battle speeches known to mankind. I mean, the stuff in here blows anything in Braveheart out of the water. "Once more unto the breach" and "St. Crispin's Day" will instill courage into eve ...more
Akemi G
May 08, 2016 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, dramas
Once more unto the breach ... !
Don't we love Shakespeare? To this day, he keeps many writers afloat.

I tend to see Henry V as the foil of Richard III. Henry is born as heir apparent; he mixes with crooks and hookers and still the crown falls on his head. Richard has two older brothers; he has to force his way to be a king. Both raise wars, making people's lives difficult, but Henry justifies it while Richard knows he is bad and proud of his villainy. Both are good with words (at least in Shakesp
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Arisha Salman
Jun 07, 2016 Arisha Salman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so this is the best Shakespearean play I've read until now (not like I've read all, or that I'm a fan of Shakespeare), and I have to give all the credit honestly to my extraordinary literature teacher who tirelessly and flawlessly went over the almost-impossible-to-decipher text and analysed it so thoroughly for us. I love this mainly because of my wonderful teacher's efforts.

I have to say it was an entertaining play, excluding some scenes which were meant to provide 'comic relief' but ins
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Vlasta
Jun 26, 2016 Vlasta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Má první historická hra od Shakespeara. Nezklamala, četla se stejně dobře jako vše ostatní. :)
Jeffery
We few, we happy few. We band of brothers...

The St. Crispen's day speech alone is well worth the price of admission! Other books have similar calls to arm, but I have read none so stirring as those in Henry V.

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Vi MacDonald
4.5
This probably isn't the best of Shakespeare's plays, but the fact remains that this was the first of his plays I ever really felt in love with - and as such it has a place in my heart, even though I wasn't entirely aware of it until I reread it.
Emily
Jul 11, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
not my fav Shakespeare, I found it pretty boring..too many long speeches
Elena Yurievna
http://mycosyreads.blogspot.com/2014/...

Well well, not so cute play this time, but anyways very good. This is a patriotic tell about the most patriotic political figure-king Henry V-and everything in this play is patriotic.

But first things first. What I liked about this play. I liked the character of Henry V, his amazing transformation through previous plays (Henry IV Parts 1&2), liked his speeches and witty jokes with common soldiers. Henry V must be the most patriotic figure in Shakespeare
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Wars of the Roses (8 books)
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“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day 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-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
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