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Henry V [Mass Market Paperback]

William Shakespeare
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July 28 1998 0451526902 978-0451526908 Revised
Shakespeare's history play tells the story of England's King Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War. This revised edition includes a new overview by Sylvan Barnet, an updated bibliography, suggested references, stage and film history, and much more.
 

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The three individual plays launch the third edition of the venerable "Arden Shakespeare" series, which will see the entire canon reproduced in superior scholarly editions by the year 2000. The First Folio is a facsimile edition of the original 1623 publication of the bard's works.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"An outstanding edition--thorough, thoughtful, multi-leveled, and engaging."--Larry Sisson, University of Washington


"A lively and adventurous volume which, because it takes a part of its text from a quarto generally deemed to be without authority, offers a text different from any other. Taylor is a skillful bibliographer, and his reasons from novelty seem good."--Frank Kermode, The New York Review of Books


"Professor Taylor is a justly renowned editor. The textual editing is meticulous and sound, the footnotes clear and thorough. This edition will be useful for readers at all levels."--Ronald J. Boling, Lyon College


"A model of inclusiveness, emphasis, and tone."--Choice


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare is a damned liar! Sept. 2 2003
By Puabi
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I just have to share this with everybody...
Henry was not the nice "Welshman to the core" of this play. After Agincourt, he ordered "the slaughter of all disarmed prisoners, noble or otherwise, and his foot soldiers watched, deeply shocked as two hundred archers stabbled, clubbed, or burned the captives to death."
Coupled with the fact that Henry didn't smile once during his victorious progress through London...I must conclude that the historical guy was an evil hardass.
The Duke of York was not stabbed to death, and did not dramatically barf blood like in the Kenneth Branagh film. "He was a big man and very overweight, and it is reported that he either suffocated to death in his armor or suffered a heart attack in the press of the fighting."
So the next time you read Shakespeare, especially this play or, my favorite ahistorical pro-Lancastrian history twister, Richard III....just remember.... Shakespeare is a damned liar. :-)
Thanks to Alison Weir for the information in "The Wars of the Roses".
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This play is best known for the St. Crispian's Day "Band of Brothers" speech given by King Henry just before the battle at Agincourt. It is a powerful speech that rallies people at all times and everywhere. Sir Lawrence Olivier made a film version in 1944 during WWII and Kenneth Branagh made another as recently as 1989. You can count on there being more versions. Epecially so when computers can help them make spectacular battle scenes (that aren't really in the play) with less expense.
Audiences love this play and they should. There is a lot to like and enjoy. I think upon repeated readings Henry becomes a more equivocal character than he seems at first. And readers of the King Henry IV plays will know him before he became King Henry and know something deeper about his personality.
And of course there is the whole bit about the drive to France being sponsored by the Church to avoid confiscation of property by the Crown. Moreover, there is the slaughtering of the French prisoners, and his treatment of Falstaff (who dies offstage in this play). This isn't revisionist stuff, it is right there in the play, but it is easy to miss the first time you are trying to take in the play.
In any case, this Arden edition is the one to buy and read from. Why? Because it has the most authoritative text, but that is only the beginning. It also shows variants between the early sources. The notes at the bottom of each page of the play are simply fabulous. The editor includes not only helpful notes explaining what might be obscure in the text of the play, he provides sources Shakespeare probably used such as Holinshed and makes for some very interesting study. There are also some helpful notes on how various scenes have been performed over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the great king henry v June 1 2003
By A Customer
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this is the last instalment in the history tetralogy that started with richard ii. it chronicles the brief but brilliant career of henry v, incl his miraculous victory at agincourt, the treaty at troyes that gave him the title of king of france, and his wooing of the lovely french princess catherine. this is the play that churchill turned to in britain's darkest hour - 'once more into the breach', 'we the few...', etc.
as usual, there are many historical inaccuracies in the play. the most amusing is the death of the duke of york at agincourt. in the play, he's reported to have died valiantly in battle and is therefore hailed as a hero. in fact, he died from injuries sustained when he fell off his horse! he was a fat old man, not exactly the picture we see when we think of war heroes. the lop-sided victory at agincourt is also exaggerated. shakespeare claims that no more than 'five and twenty' died on the english side. actually, about 500 died. 7000 french were killed, however, so it was still a wildly one-sided victory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A crowd pleaser, but not Shakespeare's best. May 11 2003
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Having read Henry V, I think I can sum up the plot as follows: the French insult King Harry, Harry get royally ticked-off, goes to kick some French butt, and comes home with a damned saucy wife. Right now I enjoy any play that shows a contemptuous French government getting smacked down, but this play is not numbered among Shakespeare's heavy-hitters. For one thing, King Harry is not a very interesting character. In fact, I can't stand him - he is a faithless, glorified basher of heads. Shakespeare knows this, that's why he only struts around giving rabble-rousing speeches.
There is a host of other colorful characters in the play (such as Ancient Pistol) but Henry V suffers in comparison with the two parts of Henry IV because of the absence of Falstaff. Falstaff is the most interesting character in the Henriad. By this time, King Harry has treacherously banished Falstaff and he has died of a broken heart. Therefore, there is no cynical commentary in Henry V. If Falstaff had been around, he would have completely undermined King Harry's posturing.
The induring legacy of the play seems to be the films made of it by Olivier and Branagh. Ironically, these are two of the best films made of Shakespeare - partially because the play is so direct and accessible. It is a short, brutal piece about war. King Harry is so good at making speeches, most readers miss Shakespeare's subtle judgement on his central character's hypocrasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth Branagh's performance is stellar
This is a fantastic film adaptation of Shakespeare's play Henry V. Kenneth Branagh does a fantastic job of portraying "Prince Hal" from his transition to king of England... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars WAAAAAYYYY better on a stage than from a book.
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On D-Day British officers read Henry's famous words to their men as they approached the beach. When Churchill needed material for his famous "Few" speech, his thoughts... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Play Is Great, But Henry Is a Boor
What strikes me most is the play's faceted nature. In *Henry V*, Shakespeare is like a jeweler, cutting through the action of war -- the true subject of this play -- to fashion an... Read more
Published on July 31 2000 by Mark K. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant play
Required to read Henry for my AP English Language class, I came into the play with a bias. I honestly felt that it would be a boring political play. I was utterly wrong! Read more
Published on June 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars "...in that small most greatly lived this star of England."
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Published on Sept. 25 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Author shows some promise.
Although some of Shakespeare's writing no longer speaks to our time, this one rocks.
Published on Aug. 21 1998
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