Saturday, February 12, 2011
Connection #10 - Henry V to William Shakespeare
Henry V (Welsh: Harri V) (16 September 1387 – 31 August 1422) was King of England from 1413 until his death. From an unassuming start, his military successes in the Hundred Years' War, culminating with his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt, saw him come close to conquering France.
Accession of Henry V.1: 1413.—Henry V. ascended the throne without challenge, and was crowned at Westminster three weeks after his father's death (April 9). The responsibilities of his position sobered him at once. The riotous Prince Hal was suddenly transformed into the brave and spirited King Henry V.—Shakespeare's ideal King. His earliest acts were to discard his old companions; to call around him the wisest of the land ; to set free the Earl of March; and to restore the Percy estates to the exiled son of Hotspur. He caused the body of Richard II. to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Determined to have a minister who should carry out his policy both in England and in France, he removed Archbishop Arundel from the chancellorship, and appointed in his place Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, a son of John of Gaunt.
Mediaeval England, from the English settlement to the reformation