Synopses & Reviews
This new edition of Shakespeare's most celebrated war play points to the many inconsistencies in the presentation of Henry V. Andrew Gurr's substantial introduction explains the play as a reaction to the decade of war which preceded its writing, and analyses the play's double vision of Henry as both military hero and self-seeking individual. Professor Gurr discusses the context of Elizabethan law and morality; he provides a comprehensive collection of source materials and a history of the play's stage and film adaptations.
This edition of Shakespeare's play points to inconsistencies in the presentation of "Henry V". The introduction explains the play as a reaction to the decade of war which preceded its writing, and analyzes the play's double vision of Henry as both military hero and self-seeking individual.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; 1. The play and its date; 2. The coercive chorus; 3. Context and sources; 4. Structure and language; 5. Staging and stage history; A note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendices; Reading list.