Henry V

Shakespeare, William (2000) Henry V. Wordsworth classics . Wordsworth. ISBN 1-84022-421-5

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Abstract

Henry V is the most famous and influential of Shakespeare's history plays. Its powerful patriotic rhetoric has resounded down the ages, gaining eloquent expression in Laurence Olivier's renowned film. Henry himself, astute and charismatic, who led his 'band of brothers' to victory in the Battle of Agincourt, could indeed seem to be 'this star of England'. In recent decades the play has attracted increasing critical attention and is now highly controversial. Kenneth Branagh's film-production reflected the changing valuation. Does this play have a sceptical sub-text which subverts its patriotism? Is Henry's achievement beset by irony? Has current scepticism distorted a predominantly and proudly nationalistic drama?

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: Includes 56 pp of editorial matter
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Cedric Watts
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:02
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 07:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23673
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