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        Henry V: War—What is it good for? | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        Examine the justification of war theme in Henry V using these video segments from Great Performances: The Hollow Crown along with the related writing assignment and discussion questions. In these videos, Canterbury justifies invading France to King Henry V and the disguised king defends his reasons for going to war to common soldiers.

        Justification of War

        In this video, King Henry V seeks advice from the Archbishop of Canterbury on invading France. The king wants to ensure that this attack will be justified. He asks, “May I with right and conscience make this claim?” This is Act I, scene ii from Henry V.

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        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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