William Shakespeare's plays have been more frequently staged than those of any other playwright. The eternal craftsman's unrivaled talent for investing every line of text with rich implication is on full display in this tale of nationalism and warfare. In Henry V, "Prince Hal" has ascended to the throne of England. After a land dispute, Henry decides to invade France, leading inevitably to the bloody Battle of Agincourt-and providing a stage for Shakespeare to comment on the human condition. Plays such as Henry V resonate with audiences as much today as in the time in which they were drafted. And Henry's magnificent speech to his troops before the final battle is one of the most famous speeches in all of literature, and is referenced in films and other works to this very day.
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