Henry V (The New Penguin Shakespeare)

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Shakespeare's immutable history of Henry's victory over the French at Agincourt and the subsequent peace between the two nations is also a study of war and kingship. From a wild youth, Henry comes to embody all of the kingly virtues: courage, justice, integrity and honour. Ironically these qualities are brought to the fore by the realities of war.

Written at the end of the life of Elizabeth I, Henry V told the British people that with strong leadership, they had little to fear at a time of uncertainty.

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"Another in this superior series that clearly should be the texts of choice...This volume, edited by Andrew Gurr, has approximately sixty pages of introduction, each page of which is a joy to read." Stages "This introduction includes the most lucid discussion of the Salic-law problem I have come across...The notes to an edition are probably what most people turn to an edition for and they are this edition's strongest feature. They are detailed and responsive...if this edition is used as a classroom text, the caliber of Gurr's sprightly glosses will greatly elevate the level of discussion; where it is not the text assigned to the students, whatever instructor covertly consults Gurr's glosses is sure to appear omniscient." Claire E. McEachern, Shakespeare Quarterly "...when he is analyzing Shakespeare's use of sources and the language and actions of the characters, Gurr is careful, objective, balanced, and often incisive...excellent critical examinations..." William B. Long, TEXT: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship

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John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.

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