Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero

Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero

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Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero

Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero

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This volume had its original in an article contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography, but is founded on a fresh study of the chief authorities. If I cannot claim to have exhausted all sources of information, I have nevertheless sought throughout to base my narrative on chronicles and documents of contemporary, or nearly contemporary date.

For few periods of our mediæval history is there more abundant material. At least three lives of Henry V. were written within twenty years of his death. Of these the most valuable, so far as it extends, is the Gesta Regis Henrici Quinti, which was the work of a chaplain in the royal service. Mr. Williams, in his edition of the Gesta, suggested that the author was one Jean Bordin, a native of Aquitaine, who is known to have been present as one of Henry's chaplains in the campaign of Agincourt. This ascription is, however, purely conjectural, and Dr. Lenz has argued that in the Gesta we possess the genuine prose Life of Henry V. composed by Thomas Elmham, Cluniac Prior of Linton. Dr. Lenz's conclusion is confirmed by the discovery that Elmham . . .

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