The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0973 Wednesday, 28 April 2004
Date: Wednesday, 28 Apr 2004 02:15:30 -0700
Subject: 15.0958 New Henry V Film Coming Out Soon
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0958 New Henry V Film Coming Out Soon
Dan Smith wrote (perhaps incidentally):
>In fact, we know that as the heir of a usurper
>his claim on England's throne is of dubious legality,
>let alone that of France...
Usurper? Monarchs of dubious legality? Why, so then Henry VIII, as the
son of a usurper. And Edward VI and Mary and Elizabeth were of really
dubious legality, like poor Jane. And going back, as John was a usurper
(who furthermore robbed history of a real King Arthur), so Henry III and
the three Edwards and Richard II were of dubious legality. Good grief,
the latter-let me count-is the 4Xgreat-grandson of usurper John, so that
means Henry of Bolingbroke usurped from someone with a *really* slippery
claim to the throne. Whew! And that thug in 1066--the bastard son of
the Devil!--seized the crown from Harold, who...
Dan blackens both the historical and the dramatic Henry V. Unless he is
aiming at Henry W.
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