William Shakespeare( 1564-1616) wrote during the Elizabethan Renaissance, a period of revived and intense interest in history.1 The Life of Henry the Fifth, written in 1599,2one of Shakespeare's histories, is a patriotic, epic portrayal of a phase in the bloody Hundred Years War ( 1337-1453) between England and France. In contrast to some of his other histories, internal power struggle is not a central theme in Henry V, which concerns a conflict with an enemy from without.3It describes a medieval campaign led by a chivalrous and virtuous king, who could perhaps do wrong but not a great deal of wrong, and in which the few acting in a just cause defeat the many. In this play, Shakespeare relives past glories.
King Henry V ( 1387-1422) succeeded to the throne of Henry IV in 1413 and two years later invaded France. The play telescopes the phase of the Hundred Years War that started in 1415, with the landing of Henry's army near Harfleur and its victory at____________________