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Description - Henry V by Keith Dockray

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-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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