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Henry V Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0342  Friday, 6 February 2004

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 12:47:49 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 15.0328 Henry V Question

[2]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 12:22:12 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0328 Henry V Question


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 12:47:49 -0500
Subject: Henry V Question
Comment:        SHK 15.0328 Henry V Question

Joe Sullivan claims that

'Henry is represented on-stage as an Anglo-Saxon homegrown king.'

No. That's precisely what he's not represented as. Being born at
Monmouth is a complex fate. It doesn't necessarily make you Anglo-Saxon
or, so far as any English audience is concerned, confirm you as
'homegrown'. Henry's statement to Fluellen that

' . . . I am Welsh, you know, good countryman.' (4. 7. 104)

raises these complexities and makes them central to the play's concerns.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Edward Brown <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 12:22:12 -0600
Subject: 15.0328 Henry V Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0328 Henry V Question

Joseph Sullivan writes: "As Sean (Lawrence) points out, Henry
self-identifies as Welsh." Isn't this done with tongue slightly in
cheek, perhaps to please the Tudor monarch, or at most as a reference to
Henry's former status as Prince of Wales? As far as I know, Henry V had
not a drop of Welsh blood in him.

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