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Henry V

(Wars of the Roses #4)

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Shakespeare's history of Henry V's remarkable victory over the French at Agincourt and the subsequent peace between the two nations is also a study of war and kingship. From his wild youth, Henry comes to embody all of the kingly virtues: courage, justice, integrity and honour. Ironically these qualities are brought to the fore by the realities of war. Written at the end o ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published August 23rd 2016 by Macmillan Collector's Library (first published 1599)
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Alex Mcintosh Because Henry V is father of Henry VI (protagonist of Wars of the Rose-related plays), and was son of Henry IV who deposed Richard II - Richard II is…moreBecause Henry V is father of Henry VI (protagonist of Wars of the Rose-related plays), and was son of Henry IV who deposed Richard II - Richard II is the very beginning of this, though it was written later than Henry VI 1-3 and Richard III.(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Henry V (Wars of the Roses #4), William Shakespeare
Henry 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.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دهم ماه ژانویه سال 1993 میلادی
عنوان: هنری پنجم؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: احمد خزاعی؛ تهران، قطره، 1371، در 202 ص، چاپ دوم 1384، شابک: 9643415333؛ چاپ پنجم 1393
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 lost
Henry Avila
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young 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 conqueror 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... ...more
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 France!

Even 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 youthful adventurer's deaths, save one, and he was only a boy in a
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, drama, shakespeare
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he to day that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3


It is hard to find fault with Henry V. It isn't Shakespeare's BEST, but his best are almost mythicly high and unassailable. But Henry V is pretty damn good and it owns one of the greatsest and mos
Leonard Gaya
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry V is indeed the grand finale of Shakespeare’s second historical tetralogy, right after Henry IV, Part 2. So here, exit Falstaff, whose death is recounted by Mistress Quickly in the first act, and we are now in the presence of a conquering 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 p/>Henry
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 youth vanished some time before Henry IV died and when Henry V was crowned king, he showed the world.

Hal 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
James Tivendale
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare, plays
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 Roses.

Henry V, with his great-granddad Edward III are my
Rebecca McNutt
Henry V is often quite disturbing at times, but in my opinion it's one of Shakespeare's best and most original plays.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
If you go to the Holden St theatres one of the things they have on during the 2017 Fringe Festival in Adelaide is Macbeth with zombies. As you may do, but I don't. My faith in the resilience of Shakespeare goes so far and no further.

I suspect this on its own put me off Henry V Man and Monarch, mashup of Henry IV, V and VI. How wrong was I to judge the one on the back of the other. It's a one man show by Australian RADA graduate Brett Brown and it's a wondrous thing to behold, this young man bei
Cindy Rollins
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
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have said, with support from a couple of my senior Shakespeareans at SAA (like Ralph Berry), that Henry V is the comedy Shakespeare promised at the end of 2 Henry 4, epilog: "to continue the story, with Sir John [Falstaff] in it. " But after the actor who played Falstaff disappeared (Will Kemp--probably to tour Germany), Shakespeare created a very different kind of comedy, a reconciliation of conflicting nationalities in the usual comic resolution, however preposterous: marriage. And in a thor ...more
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 p ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love
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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
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 begins.

Now, Richard II was much too troubled with Irish
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Henry V is a history play written by Shakespeare in 1599. It tells the story of Henry V of House Lancaster who ruled England from 1413 to 1422. The play focuses on the events before and after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, which marked a major English victory in the Hundred Years' War against France.

It is also the final part of Shakespeare's tetralogy consisting of Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V. In the previous installments (which I haven't read) Henry has been depicted as a
Jun 16, 2009 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 being
Roy Lotz
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Men of few words are the best men.

This is a masterful play, likely one of Shakespeare’s most effortlessly enjoyable. Aided by the chorus, the story moves quickly; and there is none of the artificial machinery of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies—mistaken identities, secret plots, and the like—but, instead, a story focused on one man’s glorious ascent. This is Henry; and his character is undoubtedly one of the greatest portrayals of a charismatic leader we have. He is the play. Just as he domina
Well, I have my absolute Shakespeare's favourite, and it's Much Ado About Nothing.
But! As far as that one is a great comedy, I think Henry V has become my favourite historical play by the Great Bard.

This time there was no Falstaff to steal the show (only a few appearances of his companions, Bardolph and Pistol) so we could really see Henry V growing to be the King, the soldier and the politician England needs.

I liked the "war speeches", especially around the battle of Azincourt
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
Zachary F.
                                               . . . I think the King is but a
man as I am. The violet smells to him as it doth to me.
The element shows to him as it doth to me. All
his senses have but human conditions. His ceremonies
laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man,
and though his affections are higher mounted than
ours, yet when they stoop, they stoop with the like

-act 4, scene 1

Henry V is a cynical war story about an illegitimate monarch who invad/>Henry/>-act
May 03, 2008 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 go through/>Lord,
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

I'm really bad at committing with required readings and I struggled a lot (ONE MONTH!!!!!) reading this history play so it ended up being just an okay reading for me . To be honest, I'd never have read it if it hadn't been a compulsory read for Medieval and Renaissance English Literature so I forced myself to finish it. I hope I'll find other Shakespeare's plays more interesting than this one. However, I liked this annotated version and the scene to sc
B. P. Rinehart
We are often told war is hell, in this play Shakespeare shows us it is cruel too. While you would do good to have some background info on the actual people being portrayed blah, blah, blah, you also would do good with a little guide of Shakespeare's last historical plays Henry IV, Part 1 & Henry IV, Part 2. But even without it you would never the less see how torturous a campaign as Henry V's into France was. This is one of the Bard's better war plays mainly because he is doing it for his patro ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, play, 2016
My first of Shakespeare's histories, and a comparatively straightforward one to read compared to some of his others - in part because the plot is so straightforward.

Rather than a complicated plot, the majority of the time is taken up bragging about how great England is, how silly and overconfident the French were. The rest of the time is spent with King Henry giving some really great and inspiring pre-battle speeches.

There's a couple odd things about the play that m
Cry havoc and let slip the Dogs of War.

Considering the context this is a remarkably open work, no simple glorification of war or of a forerunner of the reigning monarch at a time when the ongoing wars in Ireland and the low countries must have meant that many in the audience had personal experience of war.
Knock knock! Who’s there?
Balls! Balls who?
Canonballs, because you dared to mock England! Get ready for a war Dauphin, because of your shallow wit, thousands weep more than did laugh at it.

Ah Henry V, more an epic war poem than a play, but what a badass play it is. Famous for its St. Crispin’s Day Speech and the “Once more, unto the breach!” motivation, but I love how Shakespeare casually reminds us how vulnerable King Hal is. He gets betrayed by dear friends, has to keep up morale in a miserable army, and still
Will.J.R. Gwynne
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, historical
We few. We happy few. We band of brothers.

My favourite speech of all time, the Saint Crispin's Day speech, is in this play, and it truly is wonderful. The scenes with King Henry and his numerous inspiring and goosebumps incurring talks were definitely the highlight of this Shakespearian original.

The period of history is a portion of The Hundred Year War between the French and English that includes the Battle of Agincourt. This is obviously a part of history I am very interested in, and I loved
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"O, for a muse of fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!"
Henry V, Prologue

"Now entertain conjecture of a time
When creeping murmur and the poring dark
Fills the wide vessel of the universe.
Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
Each battle sees the other's umbered face."
Henry V, Act 4, Scene I
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more

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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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