Donald R. McClarey

Henry V Times Four

Courage, memory and love are powerful motivators, and this speech is a reminder of just how powerful:  

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Donald R. McClarey

Films as Necromancy

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of

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Donald R. McClarey

Agincourt the Battle

    October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had long proved during the Hundred Years War to be a devastating weapon in the hands of skilled archers, but rarely had the English faced such

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Death of Henry V

Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky, And with them scourge the bad revolting stars That have consented unto Henry’s death! King Henry

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God for Harry, England and Saint George

  The Saint Crispin’s speech gets most of the attention in Henry V, but I also always admired the “unto the breach” speech.  The performance of it by Jamie Parker, love his interaction with the audience, is the way the

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Jane Austen on Henry V

    When she was fifteen Jane Austen wrote a satirical history of England.  Here is her passage on Henry V and his son:   Henry the 5th  This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and

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Holigost

  After six centuries one would think that nothing about the Agincourt campaign could still be “news”, but a discovery just this month demonstrates that this assumption would be erroneous:   The wreck of Henry V’s warship the Holigost has been

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

Five hundred years ago Henry V and his army won an amazing victory over a French army that heavily outnumbered his.  Shakespeare in deathless language has ensured that this victory will be indeed remembered until the ending of the world.  It was

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600 Years Since Agincourt

Riding a small, grey pony – a page leading a great war-horse behind him – he rode up and down the line in front of his troops. His eve-of-battle speech struck a familiar note – he “was come into France

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598 Years Since Agincourt

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs. King Henry V The anniversary of the long ago battle of Saint Crispin’s Day gives us yet another opportunity to recall the immortal “Band of Borthers Speech” that Shakespeare put into the

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Agincourt

  Something for the weekend.  Agincourt by the ever talented folks at History for Music Lovers, to the tune of As Tears Go By, by Marianne Faithful. October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had

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Henry V, Shakespeare and Just War

In the comments to  my post last week, Henry V Times Four, which may be viewed here, and which had four versions of the immortal “band of brothers” speech, commenter Centinel posed a very interesting question to me: Mr. McClarey,

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Henry V Times Four

  No special reason to post this, other than I have always loved this speech, and one video containing four perormances of the “band of brothers” speech from Henry V is too sweet not to share with our readers.  Courage,

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October 25, 1415

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here     But one ten thousand of those men in England     That do no work to-day!   KING. What’s he that wishes so?     My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;     If

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