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From your reading of Shakespeare “Henry V” and of Sir Keith Feiling’s historical account. What do you think are the aims and effects of Shakespeare's potrayal of Henry?

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FROM YOUR READING OF SHAKESPEARE "HENRY V" AND OF SIR KEITH FEILING'S HISTORICAL ACCOUNT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE AIMS AND EFFECTS OF SHAKESPEARE'S POTRAYAL OF HENRY?

William Shakespeare wrote Henry V in 1598, about 170 years after king Henry V reigned. Shakespeare's play is about how King Henry made a claim to the French throne. Shakespeare's written and based his play on the main event of the 15th Century; which was the Battle of Agnicourt in 1415. The play includes the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) - between France and England, and is based on real characters and other events of the early 15th Century, but using imagination. Sir Keith Feiling wrote A History of England: First Edition 1950, this text shows the real events that occurred in King Henry's life. This shows that both of these are well over 400 years apart. Shakespeare's text was designed to entertain an audience in a theatre, whereas Feiling's is an historical account, so it is factual. Shakespeare as usual would have based his ideas on historical sources, like Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland by Ralph Holinshed, first published in 1577. But then used his artistic

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