If it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.
Shakespeare's history of Henry's victory over the French at
Agincourt and the subsequent peace between the two nations is also a study of war and kingship. From a wild youth, Henry comes to embody all of the kingly virtues: courage, justice, integrity and honour. Ironically these qualities are brought to the fore by the realities of war.
Written at the end of the life of Elizabeth I, Henry V told the British people that with strong leadership they had little to fear at a time of uncertainty.
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