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France in Shakespeare's Henry V

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In the context of other contemporary representations of the French, Shakespeare's Henry V (1599) is both complex and unusual, combining respect and compassion with expressions of scorn that are both more accurate and offensive than those in precursors, such as The Famous Victories of Henry V. The political rumors current at the time of the play explain the enfolding of aggression within appeasement by reference to the interests of the Essex political faction that the play supported. The drama was responsive to pamphlet literature of the late 1580s and 1590s, as well as to the changes in the representation of the French late in this period. Shakespeare's allegiances were to the Earl of Essex; his hostility to
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Keywords: Drama; Essex; 2d Earl of (Robert Devereux); France; Political Factions; Shakespeare; William (Henry V)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 1995

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