Friday, 13 February 2015

Art on Friday, War of the Roses, Henry V

Henry V

Henry was a cold and ruthless soldier, respected by contemporaries as a chivalric warrior. Determined to revive the war in France, his invasion of 1415 was impressively organized but his siege of Harfleur took too long, reducing his intended grand chevauchée (raid through enemy territory) to a reckless dash to Calais. Although his tiny, bedraggled army was cut off by a superior French force, it achieved a surprising victory at Agincourt. When Henry returned it was with serious intent to reduce Normandy, which he did, including a long, bitter siege of Rouen. Military pressure on Paris ensured the favourable Treaty of Troyes in 1420, making him heir to the French throne, but he contracted dysentery conducting the siege of Meaux.

Wooing of Henry V- Engraved by W. Greathbach after a painting by W. F. Yeames.

 Battle of Agincourt

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415, by Sir John Gilbert.

 Henry V marries Catherine de Vallois

Catherine de Vallois

Henry V tomb in Westminster Abbey

© KH

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