you are correct about the common foot soldiers (and Henry's most effective weapon, the Welsh long-bow men)
I distrust Shakespeare's version of the events -- it's good literature but bad history. He wrote at a time when the concept of a nation was full-blown while during the Plantagenet wars the concept of the nation was not so distinct.
posted on 06/16/2013 7:10:31 PM PDT
(Latin presbuteros>Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
Historical plays, movies, etc. are almost never even modestly accurate history and most examples are far worse than Henry V
for some reason comes immediately to mind.
Writers take famous names and elements of stories, throw in a dash of popular sentiment and their own prejudice, and voila! Historical drama. Shakespeare knew his audience (including a certain Tudor queen) and just did his best to please them. And his best was very good (drama).
posted on 06/16/2013 9:23:04 PM PDT
(Just my opinions)
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