Henry V

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2011 - Drama - 352 pages
Henry V is Shakespeare's most famous "war play"; it includes the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. Some of it glorifies war, especially the choruses and Henry's speeches urging his troops into battle. But we also hear bishops conniving for war to postpone a bill that would tax the church, and soldiers expecting to reap profits from the conflict. Even in the speeches of Henry and his nobles, there are many chilling references to the human cost of war.

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Contents

Editors Preface
ix
Shakespeares Henry V
xiii
Henry V
xvi
Shakespeares Life
xxix
Shakespeares Theater
xxxix
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xlviii
An Introduction to This Text
lii
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 3 Scene 6
109
ACT 3 Scene 7
121
ACT 4 Scene 1
137
ACT 4 Scene 2
157
ACT 4 Scene 3
161
ACT 4 Scene 4
171
ACT 4 Scene 5
175
ACT 4 Scene 6
177

ACT 1 Scene 1
11
ACT 1 Scene 2
17
ACT 2 Scene 1
43
ACT 2 Scene 2
51
ACT 2 Scene 3
65
ACT 2 Scene 4
69
ACT 3 Scene 1
85
ACT 3 Scene 2
87
ACT 3 Scene 3
97
ACT 3 Scene 4
101
ACT 3 Scene 5
105
ACT 4 Scene 7
181
ACT 4 Scene 8
193
ACT 5 Scene 1
207
ACT 5 Scene 2
213
Longer Notes
239
Textual Notes
245
A Modern Perspective
253
Further Reading
279
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
293
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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