“The gentlest gamester is the soonest winner” (Branagh, 1989). These are perhaps some of the best words of advice presented in the film Henry V. As Prince Harry, now Henry V takes the position as the King of England, many felt that he was unprepared and lacked a strong enough reputation to hold the title effectively. We learn fairly early in the movie that the naysayers were wrong in their assumptions. Henry V quickly showed his values, convictions and stayed true to his vision for his country. In the first act, Henry shows that he has a conscience by trying to determine if the cost of war is worthy in comparison to his goal of taking the throne of France. He has a strong commitment to the church and Archbishop. He asked the Archbishop to make a public statement supporting his decision to go to war. Henry is trying to earn respect and overshadow the immature and youthful reputation that preceded him. When the Dauphin sends a message that is intended to insult Henry, he had his first opportunity to show maturity. Henry calmly yet sternly replied to the insult and his followers start to take him seriously in his quest. Henry first proves to be a fair and creative leader when he learned of the treason committed by his friends Scroop,, Cambridge and Grey. He begins his conversation with them by asking their opinion of mercy. He tells them that an offender of a minor crime could be released if Henry chooses to show mercy on him. The three men tell him there is no mercy for offenders, no matter the size of the offense. Henry then confronts them of their crimes and they beg for mercy. He was able to spout their own words back at them and ordered their execution. We see that he was almost allowing them to determine their own fate, and was fair in his sentence. He was able to remove his personal feelings of friendship from the equation and look at the big picture. He feared that the security of the nation was at risk and he did what was best for his country. Henry meets with the governor of Harfleur and is stern in his suggestion that the governor should surrender. Henry tells him that if he chooses not to surrender, he will turn his men loose on the city and they will show no mercy. They will rape women, murder elders and infants and take over Harfleur. The governor surrenders and tells Henry that the Dauphin is still not considering the Englishmen as a threat. When Henry sends his men into Harfleur he tells them to be kind to the French. This is an indicator that he has a leadership style that takes compassion and humanity into consideration. He is transforming into an authentic leader at this point and we can see that he is genuine in his pursuit. Bardolf was one of Henry’s childhood friends and was arrested for stealing a “pax” from the church. Pistol asks Fluellen to speak up on Bardolf’s behalf and ask for mercy. Fluellen realizes that discipline is important and he refuses the request saying that order must be maintained. When Bardolf is brought before Henry, we see Henry as a leader. Henry sentences Bardolf to be hanged and once again has separated his personal friendship from the crime committed. Henry chose his leadership responsibility and his dedication to his quest over the longtime friendship with Bardolf. Henry’s interaction with Montjoy shows his honesty and determination to his vision. He advises Montjoy that his men are weak and sick. He tells Montjoy that in the shape they are in they will not seek a battle, but in that same shape they will not back down from one either. He is gaining self-confidence and it is becoming apparent that he will succeed. The Dauphin is portrayed as arrogant and unconcerned with the impending war with Henry. He is discussing the battle on the eve before the fight and the conversation quickly turns to their horses, their armor and their mistresses. Once the Dauphin steps away, the three remaining begin to…
Henry VI was born on December 6, 1421 to Henry V and Catharine of Valois. When his father died on August 31, 1422, he became King of England at the age of eight months old. Just a few weeks later, his grandfather, Charles VI, died, leaving Henry as the King of France in accordance the Treaty of Troyes, which was written in 1420.
On September 28, 1423, the nobles of England swore their loyalty to King Henry. They then called Parliament together in his name and established a regency council --…
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A Brief History of Henry VIII, Derek Wilson, 2009
Basically, the story of King Henry VIII’s life is this: He was born in 1491 of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. The king grew up in the palace of Greenwich in his brother’s shadow. However, when his brother died he had everyone’s full and undivided attention. His father and grandmother took control in his life and were responsible for…
Branagh’s Henry V film and Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1 both cover major historical events. Shakespeare originally interpreted the antiquity events into exciting stories for audiences that have continued to be well-known for centuries. Both of the texts contribute stories of the royal family which was a large importance to people centuries ago.
The Shakespeare play, Henry IV part 1, focuses on the story of Prince Hal before he became king. The title character is known as wild undisciplined young…
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Henry V Aspects Of A Leader
To what extent is Henry V presented as an effective leader
Since Henry IV Parts One and Two, Henry has developed into a much better leader and king, due to the improvement in many of his key characteristics.
When we first see Hal, in Henry IV part 1, he does not strike the audience as a leader; for he keeps extremely bad company in his two friends Falstaff and Poins who are both criminals. When they are all in the tavern in Henry IV, the audience gets the chance…
Henry VIII: VERY brief summary!
In 1509 Henry VIII (8th) came to the throne after his father, Henry VII (7th) died. The old king had been unpopular towards the end of his reign for being dull, penny-pinching, and for squeezing money out of the nobles. The new king Henry was a contrast. He was 17 years old, well-educated, tall and athletic. He loved sport, especially jousting, and hunting.
An appetite for glory!
Soon after he came to the throne, Henry VIII turned his attention to foreign policy…
KING HENRY VIII: A CATALYST FOR REFORMATION
King Henry VII was a unique and storied ruler of England. Perhaps most known for his pattern of divorcing his wives or beheading ministers, King Henry VIII accomplished much in the name of England and the pursuit of power. He was a remarkable politician, one that was able to work within the confines of the constitution or willing to change the confines of the law to achieve his own personal goals. He was also a strong…
HENRY V Mr. Lewis Tate
Importance of the Chorus 21st February 2015
Written around 1598, Henry V is the last play written by William Shakespeare in the second tetralogy that includes historical plays such as Richard II, Henry Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2. In Henry V the young mischievous prince grows into a capable and determined king…