Chicken in King Henry V (Part 2)



Edward de Vere’s Ramist sensitivity toward dialectical, strategical, and rhetorical issues matched his commitment to the logic of cause and effect. King Henry V exhibits that combination of sensitivity and determination: game-theoretic bankers must retain their strategic grip. Despite King Henry’s example, English politicians subsequently lost sociopolitical control, owing to a lack of strategic nous among King Henry VI’s advisors. They failed that requirement in pursuing self-defeating rationales. Mary Tudor’s accession indicted the managers of King Edward VI’s minority for their similar failure. Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, appreciated this comparison. Two of his own supervisors, Thomas Smith and William Cecil, as important figures to “The Boy King,” had suffered political ostracism under Mary.

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  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonEghamUK

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