Essay about Henry in Henry V

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Henry in Henry V

The bishops refer to Henry in the first scene as "a sudden scholar" who can "reason in divinity."

Canterbury says, "The king is full of grace, and fair regard.

Ely quotes "and a true lover of the holy church.

The two bishops, pretty much have the same view on Henry, they think highly of him.

Henry's past is described by Ely and Canterbury, the two bishops. Canterbury quotes,

"Since his addiction was to cause vain,

His companies unletter'd, rude, and shallow,

His hours filled with riots, banquets, sports;

And never noted in him any study,

And retirement any sequestration,

From open haunts and popularity."

Ely says, "The strawberry grows
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Henry asks the archbishop if he feels that it is right to invade France. He questions the archbishop asking him if his claim to the French throne is strong.

In this speech we hear the king asking the archbishop and in this speech he asks for one thing above all else and that is for the archbishop to speak the truth through honesty, even if it's not what the king wants to hear.

King Henry also asks of the law of Salic.

This is the law by which no claim can be made via the roots of a female relative, no female claim, this shows us that the king takes war very seriously.

Reading this speech makes you realise that he does not want to rush things, he actually sees war as a good thing.

Canterbury, involved in this speech begins his very long reply to the question. The answer is a very interesting and intriguing, detailed speech.

Canterbury tells the king yes. He notifies the king, telling him that the law of Salic only applies to the Salic land and that France it's self has no such restrictions to the throne.

Henry then really shows us his true characteristics of being a king.

King Henry is a master tactician of war and he realises that if he goes to France and leaves England with no defences England would be exposing themselves for invasion, so he comes up with the idea that half

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