Declarations of War and Truce Agreements
On the basis of the Archbishop of Canterbury's reassurances about the justness of Henry's cause, the King's ambassador and special envoy to the court of France, the Duke of Exeter, addresses the following ultimatum to the King of France:
That you divest yourself and lay apart
The borrowed glories that by gift of heaven,
By law of nature and of nations, 'longs
To him and to his heirs, namely the crown,
And all wide-stretchéd honours that pertain
By custom and the ordinance of times
Unto the crown of France.
KING Or else what follows?
EXETER Bloody constraint.
Deliver up the crown, and . . . take mercy
On the poor souls for whom this hungry war
Opens his vasty jaws.1
( Henry V, II. iv. 78-105)
Here Shakespearerenders in dramatic form a declaration of war, or an ultimatum that in effect amounted to a declaration of____________________