A Summary Of Henry V's War

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“We would have all such offenders so cut off: and we give express charge, that in our marches through the country, there be nothing compelled from the villages, nothing taken but paid for, none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful language; for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner,” said King Henry as he and his army marched through France. The former King of England died and his son, King Henry V took his place as rightful ruler of the land. The French send an ambassador to taunt the new king. In return, and with some advice from his advisers, the new King Henry declares war on France. Along the journey to France, Henry shows maturity through each decision he makes. King Henry should…show more content…
Since Henry 's uncle was the Black Prince of Wales, Henry V feels obligated to uphold his family 's reputation by being a warrior king. But unlike his uncle, Henry V treats the people of England and of France as equal citizens. An old friend is found guilty of stealing from a church along the journey. Henry believes that a French church or a French store is the same as an English store and the law of England still applies, as shown by this quote.“We would have all such offenders so cut off, and we give express charge that in our marches through the country there be nothing compelled from the villages, nothing taken but paid for, none of the French upbraided or abused in disdainful language. For when lenity and cruelty play for kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.” (King Henry V 3.6 113-20) Even though Henry seeks to unite the kingdoms of France and England to enlarge his domain, he also wants the people of France to like him. In addition, with a larger and stronger kingdom, neighboring countries will be less likely to attack. “We must not only arm t ' invade the French, But lay down our proportions to defend against Scotland, who will make road upon us with all advantages.” (King Henry V 1.2
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