Henry V, the Hero-King

  • A. L. Rowse


To the English of the fifteenth century and for long afterwards, certainly to the Elizabethans, Henry V was the very type of the hero-king. His achievement in itself was astonishing: the victory of Agincourt against such odds, the conquest of Normandy, the achievement of the French throne, and all in such a short time, a brief life. Then there was his personality that made an indelible impression; among all the ghosts and shadows of history he could never be forgotten. Already in his own lifetime he was a legend: people wrote ballads about him and songs in his praise, though he discouraged it. There is no doubt that he was a hero to his people: his personality, his life, his fame carried that special kind of aura.


Seine Estuary French Army Canterbury Tale Perpetual Peace Henry Versus 
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© A. L. Rowse 1966

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