Henry V as Warlord
This biography presents a radical reassessment of Henry V as a brutal warmonger. In the course of the Hundred Years War, Henry V was the English figure most responsible for the mutual antipathy that existed between French and Anglo-Saxon. His pursuit of "dampnum" the art of attacking an opponent by making total war on civilians as well as soldiers, created tremendous distrust and enmity between the French and English, which survives unto this day. He was a man of many contradictions, a perverse mix or rigorous orthodoxy - exemplified by his fanatical and intolerant religion - and of neurotic insecurity, stemming in part from the dubious nature of his claim to the English throne. Henry V owed his popularity to victories against the French which gratified the emerging English nationalism. A tremendously ardent military strategist who experimented with ballistics and built a navy with new carved planking, at the time of his early death at the age of 36 he ruled a third of France. Utilizing the discoveries of local French historical societies, Seward intends to draw a portrait of Henry V largely from the experience of the French.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 134.6 x 213.9 x 21.1mm | 312.98g
- 01 Feb 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 8pp b&w illustrations
About Desmond Seward
Desmond Seward is a highly-regarded historian of the late Middle Ages. He is the author of THE MONKS OF WAR (Penguin), THE WARS OF THE ROSES and RICHARD III: ENGLAND'S BLACK LEGEND (Penguin).
Table of contents
The usurpers; Prince Henry and Prince Owain; "he would usurp the crown"; "no lordship"; the English Armada; "our town of Harfleur"; "that dreadful day of Agincourt"; "to teach the Frenchmen courtesy"; the fall of Caen; the fall of Rouen; the Norman conquest - in reverse; the murder of John the Fearless; "heir and regent of France"; the fall of Paris 1420; Lancastrian Normandy; "rending of every man throughout the realm"; Meaux falls; Lancastrian France; death; epilogue.