The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0313 Wednesday, 4 February 2004
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?
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