25 October 2015

St Crispin's Day

Exactly six hundred years ago today, Henry V stood before his troops and did not speak these words. But, a little over four hundred years ago, a hack playwright put these words in his mouth, and so people now celebrate the incredible, improbable victory of Henry over French at Agincourt by posting this scene, or another one like it.

I prefer to remember that Henry ordered the men to sing non nobis and te Deum throughout the host following his victory.

But not like this.

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