Henry V Throughout History: Thawing Cold Fear

Henry V Throughout History: Thawing Cold Fear

And so, we reach our final analysis of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film production of Henry V. So far, we’ve seen that Branagh’s version of Henry is a far darker soul than Laurence Olivier’s incarnation of the King. But how would this change as we depart Southampton...
Henry V's Navy: A Multinational Fleet

Henry V's Navy: A Multinational Fleet

Everyone knows what a ‘navy’ is, don’t they?  Usually, it is taken to mean a state fleet of some kind, like the British Royal Navy, or a mercantile marine such as the UK’s Merchant Navy. Neither usage fully expresses what 15th-century English people meant by the...
Henry V Throughout History: The King Has Killed His Heart

Henry V Throughout History: The King Has Killed His Heart

As our journey through the different filmed versions of William Shakespeare’s Henry V continues, we come to a very significant incarnation – Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film. In 1989, Kenneth Branagh took the task of adapting The Bard’s history play Henry V for the big...
Henry V Throughout History: A Gallant King?

Henry V Throughout History: A Gallant King?

This is our final analysis of the BBC’s 1979 production of Henry V. So far, this televised adaptation has portrayed Henry as a conflicted and difficult-to-read monarch – at times ruthless and brutal, at others quiet and contemplative. Indeed, this changeable version...