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Henry's Challenge to the Dauphin: The Duel that Never Was and Games of Chivalry

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/9780198258117.003.0007
Henry's Challenge to the Dauphin: The Duel that Never Was and Games of Chivalry

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Although Shakespeare may have had a certain historical basis for relying heavily on Holinshed and Hall in coming up with his Henry in Henry V, there may still have been a number of events that he was not aware of since there are events that both Hall and Holinshed may not have mentioned. Two such events that could have made great dramatic impacts are Henry's duelling challenge that he presented to Dauphin after he had been able to conquer Harfleur, and the proposal that the French party put forward that involved how both parties were given the authority to choose the time and place for war. These are examined in this chapter to observe how such events were able to reflect certain chivalric norms.

Keywords: historical basis; Holinshed; Hall; duelling; Dauphin; Harfleur; war; chivalric norms

Chapter.  4755 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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