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Re: Harfleur
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0432  Thursday, 11 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Brian Haylett <
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        Date:   Wed, 10 Mar 1999 11:27:37 -0000
        Subj:   Re: Henry V at Harfleur

[2]     From:   John Savage <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Mar 1999 08:07:48 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 10.0410 Re: Harfleur


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From:           Brian Haylett <
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Date:           Wed, 10 Mar 1999 11:27:37 -0000
Subject:        Re: Henry V at Harfleur

>Henry's speech to the citizens of Harfleur emphasizes the rape of their
>wives and daughters should the English take the town by force.
>Practically, this seems to me only a reflection of early modern (and
>contemporary) military military realities: soldiers in conquered towns
>behaved this way

But this is the man who ordered the French prisoners at Agincourt to be
killed BEFORE the killing of the English boys in camp. Olivier switched
those happenings because it didn't suit his heroic depiction of Henry.

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From:           John Savage <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Mar 1999 08:07:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Harfleur
Comment:        SHK 10.0410 Re: Harfleur

John McWilliams writes:

>>It could be played that way,
perhaps, if a director was 'anti-Henry'. <<

No question that the play HENRY V can be presented in a very
"anti-Henry" fashion-and has been done so.  But was that Shakespeare's
intent?
 

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