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Today in History: October 25 St. (Saint Crispin's Day)
Spero News ^ | 10/25/09 | Martin Barillas

Posted on 10/25/2009 2:48:38 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

October 25 is fraught with anniversaries. It marks a turning point in European history that was to later provide one of the greatest speeches ever to emerge from the English language and that has inspired millions for over 400 years.

We are speaking here, of course, of the Battle of Agincourt that was fought on the feast of St. Crispin's Day in 1415 when young King Henry V and his army defeated the French army under the command of Constable d’Albret and his 100,000 men

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1 posted on 10/25/2009 2:48:39 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen
And it's my half-birthday.
2 posted on 10/25/2009 2:51:49 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Kid Shelleen
It's my B-day so I will indulge myself in one of my favorite bits of Shakespear

KING. What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

3 posted on 10/25/2009 2:56:38 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Note to the GOP: Do not count your votes until they are cast.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I think Gibson’s Braveheart speech was better.


4 posted on 10/25/2009 3:01:18 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: MNJohnnie

I turn into Goosebump City every time I read that passage.


5 posted on 10/25/2009 3:03:38 PM PDT by 6323cd (I Am Jim Thompson)
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To: TR Jeffersonian

ping


6 posted on 10/25/2009 3:05:14 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Thank you for posting that. It’s one of my favorite bits of Shakespeare.


7 posted on 10/25/2009 3:06:17 PM PDT by Publius (Conservatives aren't always right. We're just right most of the time.)
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To: MNJohnnie
It's my B-day so I will indulge myself in one of my favorite bits of Shakespear

Well, MNJohnnie, here's something else upon which we agree!

Would you also agree that Kenneth Branagh's delivery was nearly flawless--with the glaring exception of omitting the humor of "with advantages"--and brilliantly stirring? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRj01LShXN8

I actually prefer it to Olivier's... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9fa3HFR02E (who also glosses over the humor).

8 posted on 10/25/2009 3:09:19 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Keith Brown

Its better when someone that is used to delivering it does it. Braveheart is good. Willy is the best.


9 posted on 10/25/2009 3:16:55 PM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: reg45

To celebrate, watch the movie “Renaissance Man”.


10 posted on 10/25/2009 3:18:16 PM PDT by Caribou ( www.ktok.com Red State Radio free streaming. http://www.theamericanconservatives.org/cms/)
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To: MNJohnnie

ping ping ping


11 posted on 10/25/2009 3:23:47 PM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Kid Shelleen

In 1415, the Julian calendar was in use. According to the modern Gregorian calendar, the anniversary should be on November 3.


12 posted on 10/25/2009 3:27:50 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Caribou

Or perhaps the Olivier (1944) or Branagh (1989) Henry V.


13 posted on 10/25/2009 3:36:52 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

BTTT


14 posted on 10/25/2009 3:47:44 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Kid Shelleen

It is said that Henry saw St. Andrew’s saltire in the sky that day. St. Andrew is the patron of Scotland.

When America was setting root, and beginning to form it’s own “Church of England”, our forefathers would not swear allegiance to the king so the first bishop was consecrated in Scotland.

The Episcopal Church in the United States (in its sad state of affairs) bears St. Andrew’s cross and St. George’s (patron saint of England) as well, because that St. George’s cross was on the flag flying on the ships when America was settled.


15 posted on 10/25/2009 3:48:02 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I knew that 2 far distant ancestors of mine had fought at Agincourt . One , a Man-at-arms or Lance , another an Archer , both under the Duke of Gloucester . Using my mother’s maiden name I found another , an Archer under the Earl of Norfolk .

http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/soldier/database/search.php


16 posted on 10/25/2009 4:10:14 PM PDT by Snowyman
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To: Keith Brown
I think Gibson’s Braveheart speech was better.

Piffle. Check back in 600 years and let's see who's still remembered.

17 posted on 10/25/2009 4:18:27 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay

At the rate that old blighty is falling into chaos, do you really think that shakespere’s romanticised version of henry’s brigandage will be remembered?


18 posted on 10/25/2009 4:27:29 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Vermont Lt

“Its better when someone that is used to delivering it does it. Braveheart is good. Willy is the best.”

Good point.

This version makes the limes look really fairy.


19 posted on 10/25/2009 4:29:02 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: ccmay

This, IMHO, was Kenneth Brannaugh’s finest movie performance. It is a great movie, love it.


20 posted on 10/25/2009 4:37:46 PM PDT by flaglady47 (In Unity There Is Strength.)
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To: Gondring

Branagh by far - helped by Patrick Doyle’s music - where’s my sword......


21 posted on 10/25/2009 6:11:27 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: MNJohnnie
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'
22 posted on 10/25/2009 6:24:52 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: MNJohnnie; flaglady47
Kenneth Brannagh's version of the "Band of Brothers" monologue.

Fantastic movie. Fantastic actor. And one more...

Brannagh's "To The Breach" Speech.

Brannagh makes Shakespeare understandable and far more real than any other Shakespearean actor I've ever seen. His "Hamlet" is also one of the best interpretations of Shakespeare out there, film or stage.

23 posted on 10/25/2009 6:53:26 PM PDT by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: flaglady47
There are many great movies out there, but Brannaugh’s Henry the V is easily in my top ten. Just Awesome ! Shakespeare rocks.
24 posted on 10/25/2009 7:43:58 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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