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Henry V
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Henry V

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Henry V by Keith Dockray

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A controversial biography reassessing of the life and career of one of England's best known heroic kings. The wild and headstrong prince of Shakespeare's Henry IV, blossoms in Henry V, into a veritable hero-king: an epic embodiment of military valour, concerned for the welfare of his subjects and, above all, an archetypal man of action. Such a portrayal reflected not only Shakespeare's Tudor sources but contemporary estimates of King Henry V. To his earliest biographer, a royal chaplain and well-informed insider, he was a model Christian prince, clearly carrying out God's wishes both at home and abroad; the chronicler Thomas Walsingham, writing in 1422, judged him a pious, prudent and warlike ruler; and, to the humanist Tito Livio in 1437, he was an energetic, just and shrewd military commander who, at Agincourt, fought 'like an unvanquished lion'. Modern historians have perpetuated the flattery of chroniclers but should they? Was the real Henry V a national hero, a jingoistic bigot, or neither?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752430461
ISBN-10: 0752430467
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 160mm x 10mm)
Pages: 255
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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A richly-illustrated survey of the evolution of Henry VIII's reputation over 500 years by historians from Tudor times to the present. The formidable and arrogant figure was portrayed by Hans Holbein the Younger. He became the Tudor stud who clocked up no fewer than six wives and who sent the Pope packing, inaugurating the English Reformation.

William Shakespeare, the Wars of the Roses and the Historians by Keith Dockray William Shakespeare, the Wars of the Roses and the Historians, Paperback (February 2016)

For historians William Shakespeare is both a curse and a blessing: a curse because he immortalized Tudor spin on fifteenth-century civil wars that helped justify their occupation of the throne; a blessing because without Shakespeare's 8-play history cycle, hardly anyone beyond specialists in the history of the period would know of their existence.

Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses by Keith Dockray Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou and the Wars of the Roses, Paperback (December 2015)

Henry VI was weak and feeble, but his wife Margaret of Anjou, 'a great and strong laboured woman', became a formidable political force in her own right. The dynastic struggle that became known as the Wars of the Roses brought the usurpation of Edward IV, the humiliation and exile of Margaret, and the murder of Henry in the Tower of London.

Edward IV by Keith Dockray Edward IV, Paperback (August 2014)

Was Edward IV lazy and licentious preferring his mistresses to his ministers or was he a wise and successful monarch? This study presents contemporary and near-contemporary sources enabling the reader to appreciate why his reputation has fluctuated so markedly and provides and indispensable compendium for all who wish to understand Yorkist England.

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UK Kirkus Review » There are few greater heroes in English history than the battle-winning Henry V. The man of action and determination who, colossus-like, strode across northern France and crushed noble France on the field of Agincourt. Many biographers have tended to follow this rather simplistic, two-dimensional line. But, as Keith Dockray reveals in this fascinating book, the real Henry V was a far more complex character. In Dockray's new biography the Shakespearian hero steps aside to reveal a fuller-picture of a prince who was loved and feared in equal measure. A pious and prudent monarch, an able administrator and a ruler of 'high understanding' he, in his short life and shorter reign, won Europe-wide admiration. For all that, however, his legacy to England was a mixed blessing, plunging England into more war with France and, ultimately, civil war at home. (Kirkus UK)

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