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King Henry V [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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For this updated edition of Shakespeare's most celebrated war play, Professor Gurr has added a new section to his introduction which considers recent critical and stage interpretations, especially concentrating on the 'secret' versus 'official' readings of the play. He analyses the play's double vision of Henry as both military hero and self-seeking individual. The appendices provide a comprehensive collection of source materials, while the stage history shows how subsequent centuries have received and adapted the play on the stage and in film. An updated reading list completes the edition.

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  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPTIB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This was my first time reading this play and i found it very entertaining. Several passages were so well written as stir my heart, and I recognized many often quoted lines throughout the text. I would give five stars for the play itself and would recommend it to anyone.

My problem lies with the kindle edition. there is no table of contents. There are no page numbers. There are several short sections of text where the letter b is replaced with the letter p. This is slightly distracting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King Henry V - Shakespeare - Kindle August 6, 2012
By Stephen
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No comment on play; it is a classic.

The actual document is very good since it is free. There are some misspellings due to the electronic transformation from paper to digital of the play. It is usually the first letter of the word that is wrong. Volunteers did the work on the Kindle edition, not a publishing firm, so perfection is not expected. However, there are not many errors.

In addition, there are lines in French and broken English with Google Translate, you can translate the French lines to see the full meaning. However, it is not necessary since the following English lines provide translation or context to understand the meaning of the French lines.

I wish there was foreword or notes in the product but you will need to pay for that service. I go to Wikipedia or literary note services for background on the play or if there is a section, I do not understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Clarify October 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the best of the Histories.

To clarify, a lot of the reviews have complained about misspellings in the translation from page to digital. Those aren't mistakes. Shakespeare was trying to write the accents of Welsh, Scots and Irish speakers.

Bridge becomes Pridge. Not a mistake, though perhaps not the best attempt at an accent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring March 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Point: King Henry of England braves the French in the battle of Agincourt to successful conquer the land and take Katharine as his bride.

Path: Written around 1600 Shakespeare carefully inserts major and minor characters throughout his play, bringing both comic relief, and truthful contemplation to the reader's attention.

Sources: From my understanding, Shakespeare based much of the play upon Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles. Holinshed was one of the contemporary historians, and available to Shakespeare. He also uses his understanding of the English spirit, and the disagreements common among the Welsh, Irish, French and English.

Agreement: Well written, exciting, and stirring presentation of this moment in history. One cannot help but be stirred by the famous St. Crispin's Day Speech, and also the speech given At the siege of Harfleur.

Favorite Quote: The greatest sound comes from the hollow jar.

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read if you're exploring Shakespeare August 7, 2014
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A couple of months back, I embarked on a personal improvement plan to read all of Shakespeare's plays. Having now pored through most of the history works, I would rank Henry V as one of the best, through Henry V 1 and 2 aren't far behind in terms of accessibility and thus likeability. In fact, I would read these two first before reading Henry V, as you get Prince Harry's elaborate back story, which makes for a better understanding some of the plot points in Henry V. And these two works include his association with Falstaff, arguably one of the most interesting of all secondary players in the Bard's pantheon of characters. By the way, I would also read Richard II, which is the back story behind Henry IV. Written in verse, with no prose. It's a beautiful work. But if you're short of time, Henry V is an easy one to tackle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Shakespear's finest June 27, 2014
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This is my favorite Shakespear history. It concludes Henry the IV parts one and two, showing the evolution of Prince Hal from a playboy to a king. If you understand a bit of French, Kate's dialog on learning English is charming and amusing. This is a great play.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Classic play, terrible edition August 29, 2014
By Nate E.
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Shakespeare is great but this paperback edition is junk. They chose to keep the Elizabethan spelling; it's not clear whether that was a scholarly choice, or simply because they could cut and paste Project Gutenberg. Parsing writing like "Let vs on heapes go offer vp our liues" is hard enough, but many other decisions make the text extremely inconvenient to read. The book is set in some script font that's only slightly less terrible than Comic Sans. The names of the characters are not emphasized with bold or italics, nor are stage directions, and in many cases there is no line break between lines of dialogue, so you cannot see where the speaker changes. Clearly nobody proofread the text. The most valuable part of any Shakespeare edition can be the notes and annotations; this one has none of any kind.

I thought adding this book to my order would be a nice way to brush up my Shakespeare while making the free shipping minimum. Of course, this means I can't return it without incurring a retroactive shipping charge, which would exceed the price of the book, so I'm stuck with it. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 1, 2014
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Good to reread it. Enjoyed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best
To me, his very best work. Inspiring and uplifting. Henry never spoke these words but I would wager he would have loved to have this "script" before addressing his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Whisky Warrior
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent edition, enjoyable play
I purchased this free Kindle edition of Henry V because the $2 edition of the complete works of Shakespeare I had bought was unusable -- it had no table of contents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leinad
4.0 out of 5 stars Once more into the breach
Great read if you are planning to go to the play. This William Shakespeare guy is not a flash in the pan. He can really write.
Published 2 months ago by James D. Egan
3.0 out of 5 stars KH5
Final piece in the Henry-tetrad, which may possibly be the weakest. It's certainly the weakest in content in my opinion. Henry V is by no means a weak character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Marvin Coplin
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Shakespeare
It's really hard to sag anything bad of hos text, since its Shakespeare. I have to say the I was not particularly familiar with this play when I began, and picked it up on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel McCollum
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Shakespeare's best
This is a rollicking read recounting the adventures of King Henry V at Agincourt in France in the 15th Century and as such, provides a taste of the customs, language and history of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Hartney
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best by the author
My high school English teacher told me to read this (it wasn't on his class list). He told me to read this not just once but three times (like in the movie Candyman, I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by DrCyCoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Best History Play
This is the finest chronicle play of Shakespeare's. The set-pieces and characters are memorable and finely drawn. Read more
Published 6 months ago by H. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Shakespeare for heaven's sake!
It was fun to read Henry V aloud before seeing Jude Law in title role in London last week. Highly recommend the play; highly recommend the performance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lialexgma
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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