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Literary Criticism

A thoroughly unlikeable man

"O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention." Shakespeare's lyrical introduction toHenry Vgives no hint of the heights of invention (or depths of misunderstanding) that can baffle anyone who seeks to learn about the Hundred Years' War from reading The Bard's ginned-up tribute to a king who was a thoroughly unlikeable man. Today is the six hundredth anniversary of Henry of Monmouth's coronation. While England had won great victories over France at Crecy and Poitiers, none would be greater, none more unproductive than Henry's triumph amidst the mud of Agincourt.
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