Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 451. Saturday, 24 July 1993.
Date: Friday, 23 Jul 1993 08:24:59 -0400
Subject: Henry V and French
With respect to Bill Kemp's recent comment, surely whatever else Henry is,
he is not monolingual; as Katherine points out in V.ii.188-9, his French
is better than her English, and certainly up to the task of defining his
own priorities in 180-4. He claims linguistic incompetence here as
elsewhere, but here as elsewhere, it is a singularly disingenuous self-
definition. The real issue seems to be power; Henry is now in a position
to make others bow to his language, literally and metaphorically.
Dept. of English