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Saccio Peter Henry V The King Victorious Shakespeares English Kings History Chronicles and Drama New York Oxford University Press 1977 65-89 Williams Charles Henry V 20th Century Interpretations of Henry V Ed Ronald Berman New York Prentice-Hall Inc 1968 29-35 There are many issues that are in question when regarding the historical value of Henry V for example Henrys hazy childhood his coming of the throne and lastly his rule of England and the consequent conquers in France Contrary to what Shakespeare portrays as Henrys childhood in Henry V Henry was actually very interested in politics at a young age and remained interested all the way until taking over the throne Shakespeare however portrays Henry as a flagrant wild-man as a youth endlessly causing trouble but in all actuality Henry was more experienced and skilled in politics than the majority of rising princes Henrys interest in the government at such a young age should counteract any claims of his irrational behavior as a youth In taking over the throne many reports claimed Henry to be a changed new man There were a few Generals that were not correctly represented according to history for example Thomas of Exeter who was present at the battle of Agincourt was not promoted to his position until after the battle was over Also Generals Warwick and Westmoreland were not in fact present at the battle of Agincourt Over the course of Henrys reign he had to suppress only a minimal two uprisings this was virtually unprecedented The first was a Lollard uprising that occurred in January of 1414 which was a religiously related uprising hence the reason for its omission and secondly the plot for Henrys assassination One of Henrys close confidants was supposed to take his throne when the assassination was executed however he confessed to it and was spared the assassinators were not as lucky Henrys most prolific achievement on the throne would have to of been
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