In Shakespeare’s most patriotic play, Henry V takes his army into a seemingly unwinnable war that culminates in the legendary battle of Agincourt.
Henry V’s address to his troops on St Crispin’s Day is among the most famous verse in all Shakespeare. It is a speech that embodies the spirit of the play, in which the civil unrest of the previous History plays has been replaced by a portrait of the nation united in war against France. Henry V is Shakespeare’s most heroic warrior-king, in a play that offers romance and humour as well as vivid depictions of the horrors of war.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
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Gary Taylor is George Matthew Edgar Professor of English at Florida State University.
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