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Re: Henry V and Bloody Pragmatism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0064  Monday, 14 January 2002

[1]     From:   Brandon Toropov <
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        Date:   Sunday, 13 Jan 2002 03:47:09 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Henry V and bloody pragmatism

[2]     From:   Brian Haylett <
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        Date:   Sunday, 13 Jan 2002 16:15:32 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0035 Re: Henry V and Bloody Pragmatism


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From:           Brandon Toropov <
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Date:           Sunday, 13 Jan 2002 03:47:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Henry V and bloody pragmatism

I'm beginning to see a parallel with Antony here -- there is no single
viewpoint of Henry that is definitive. If we're tempted to dismiss him
as a one-dimensional jingoistic puppet (as I think Shaw did), then we're
missing both the statesman and the mafioso (not to mention the lover).

Brandon

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From:           Brian Haylett <
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Date:           Sunday, 13 Jan 2002 16:15:32 +0000
Subject: 13.0035 Re: Henry V and Bloody Pragmatism
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0035 Re: Henry V and Bloody Pragmatism

>Keegan's book "The Face of Battle" has an excellent chapter on the
>Battle of Agincourt and the military necessity of killing the prisoners
>given the fluidity of the situation on the battlefield at the time.
>
>Joe Conlon

No doubt, but we are discussing the play, not the battle. The fact
remains that Shakespeare transposed from his source the raid on the
English camp and Henry's order to kill the prisoners.

Brian Haylett


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