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Bilingual Rulers of England
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0313  Wednesday, 4 February 2004

From:           David Cohen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Feb 2004 17:16:08 -0600
Subject:        Bilingual Rulers of England

Can anyone help me on this:  I believe that legislative work by the
Plantagenets was done in French until, maybe Henry IV who was the first
to conduct business in English.  So: Were the kings of England, say
prior to Henry VI-Henrys, Edwards, Black Prince and son Richard II,
Henry IV AND Henry V?  The  latter would make the English lesson in
Henry V (Act 3, scene 4) and the wooing scene (Act V, scene 2) good
drama but bad history.  Do I have all this right?

David Cohen

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