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        Henry V: What makes a king? | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        This series of videos from Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown: Henry V explores the question “what makes a king.” Students examine Henry V as a new king at war with France, learn about his rousing battle speeches, observe his bravery in combat, witness private moments of self-doubt, and view earnest discussions with the king and his men. 

         

        Disguised King Henry and the Common Soldiers

        In this Henry V video, the disguised King discusses the war with common soldiers at the English camp at Agincourt. The king argues at length with Michael Williams, a soldier who doubts the king’s cause for waging war is justified. This is Act IV, scene i from Henry V.

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        Henry Responds to the French

        In this video, Henry V meets with the French Ambassador to discuss his right to the French throne. The ambassador, speaking on behalf of the Dauphin (the son of King Charles VI of France), mocks Henry’s claim with a gift of tennis balls. As a result, Henry declares war on France. This is Act I, scene ii from Henry V.

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        Once More unto the Breach

        This video features Henry V’s “Once more unto the breach” speech in which he inspires his soldiers to continue the siege of Harfleur by glorifying the act of war, appealing to their honor and reminding them of England’s shared warrior past. This is Act III, scene i from Henry V.

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        Henry Confronts the Governor of Harfleur

        In this video, Henry warns the governor of Harfleur to surrender or face the brutality of the English soldiers who will rape their women, kill their children and destroy the city. This is Act III, scene iii from Henry V.

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        Henry’s Final Prayer before Agincourt

        In this video, Henry V pleads with God to not punish him for his father’s sin of stealing Richard II’s crown. He asks God to give his soldiers the strength they need to defeat the French in battle. This is Act IV, scene i from Henry V.

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        Saint Crispin’s Day Speech

        In this scene, Henry V delivers his most famous speech at the Battle of Agincourt. The English discover they are outnumbered 5 to 1 but Henry V tells his soldiers he wishes not one man more and they have all they need to fight honorably—win or lose. This is Act IV, scene iii from Henry V.

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