Henriad | Literature Criticism Pro Patria Mori: War and Power in the Henriad

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Jean-Christophe Mayer, Université Paul-Valéry—Montpellier III

Now for our consciences: the arms are fair
When the intent of bearing them is just.

1 Henry IV, 5.2.87-88

The words of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the opening scene of Henry V are strangely thought-provoking: 'List his discourse of war, and you shall hear / A fearful battle rendered you in music' (I.1.44-45)1 Looking beyond Henry's undeniable talents as an orator, one might wonder if it is the quality of Shakespeare's language that sometimes brings to the surface hitherto unsuspected feelings of patriotism in the minds of even the most sceptical of individuals. Kenneth Branagh's 'post-Falklands' film of Henry V—shot in a period when the mood of the nation had largely veered to condemnation of armed conflict&#x...

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