Chapter

Introduction

Theodor Meron

in Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws

Published in print December 1993 | ISBN: 9780198258117
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.003.0001
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Because the Elizabethan Renaissance served as a period where an interest in history was revived and amplified, some of William Shakespeare's writings during that time, including The Life of Henry the Fifth which he wrote in 1599, complies with the themes of that time. This book, which is one of Shakespeare's written histories, presents a patriotic representation of the Hundred Years War between France and England. Compared to the other histories that Shakespeare wrote where the key theme often demonstrated struggles for internal power, Henry V portrays the campaign efforts made by a virtuous king where those few who possessed a just cause were able to defeat the many — a conflict concerning an enemy from without. Shakespeare's play about King Henry V begins by showing what happened in 1415 during the Hundred Years War when Henry's army arrived near Harfleur and ends in 1420 at the Treaty of Troyes.

Keywords: Elizabethan Renaissance; William Shakespeare; The Life of Henry the Fifth; history; King Henry V; Hundred Years War; France; England; Treaty of Troyes

Chapter.  2578 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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