The Life of King Henry V, William Shakespeare
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The Life of King Henry V

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Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to be written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War.
The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV, part 1 and Henry IV, part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been familiar with the title character, who was depicted in the Henry IV plays as a wild, undisciplined lad known as "Prince Hal." In Henry V, the young prince has become a mature man and embarks on an attempted conquest of France.
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We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

Henry V goes on to deliver a rousing speech, insisting he is glad there are no more troops, that he would not want to fight in the company of anyone not brave enough to come to battle. Those afraid, he says, can go home – he’ll give them passports and a travel stipend. But those who stay and fight he calls “we happy few, we band of brothers,” and declares that England will forever afterwards celebrate this day, St. Crispin’s Day, in memory of their bravery and honor. They will be household names and heroes. The men are duly inspired.

The courses of his youth promised it not.
The breath no sooner left his father's body,
But that his wildness, mortified in him,
Seem'd to die too; yea, at that very moment
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