Thursday, 7 November 2013

King Henry V

Henry V (1386 – 1422) was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. He was the second English monarch who came from the House of Lancaster.

After military experience fighting various lords who rebelled against his father, Henry IV, Henry came into political conflict with the increasingly ill king. After his father's death, Henry rapidly assumed control of the country and embarked on war with France in the ongoing Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) between the two nations.

His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt and saw him come close to conquering France. After months of negotiation with Charles VI of France, the Treaty of Troyes recognized Henry V as regent and heir-apparent to the French throne, and he was subsequently married to Charles's daughter, Catherine of Valois.

Following Henry V's sudden and unexpected death in France, he was succeeded by his infant son, who reigned as Henry VI.

Henry features in three plays by William Shakespeare. He is shown as a young scapegrace who redeems himself in battle in the two Henry IV plays and as a decisive leader in Henry V. (Wikipedia)

King Henry: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead."

Henry V (1944) Directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, based on William Shakespeare's play, one of Olivier's most famous roles. Also starring Leslie Banks, Leo Genn and Robert Newton. A popular big screen epic intended to boost morale during WWII, the film was partly funded by the British government It was the most expensive British production at the time, costing $2m.

Robert Hardy as Henry in the TV series "An Age of Kings" (1960) a 2-part segment titled Henry V Part.1 - Signs of War and Henry V Part 2 - Band of Brothers.

Douglas Rain as the king in the made for TV movie Henry V (1966). Rain's most famous role is as the voice of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

King Henry: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."

Kenneth Branagh as Henry V (1989) and also his directorial debut, he was 28. The film cost $9m to produce and was critically acclaimed. Also starring Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Christian Bale, Ian Holm and Emma Thompson. Nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Director and Best Actor (Branagh), winning for Best Costume Design.

Tom Hiddleston as Henry V in the TV mini-series "The Hollow Crown" (2012), also starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV. Based on the Shakespeare plays - Richard II, Henry IV p.1-p.2 and Henry V. 520mins.

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