Shakespeare’s Henry V had Warmongering Pundits Just Like USA Presidents Do Today!

The Columbia County Georgia public library allows me to download audio books to my Android devices. I’ve been listening to Shakespeare’s Henry V. In Act I, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Ely, Westmoreland, and Exeter encourage and advise the English King Henry V to claim the throne of France while maintaining control of Scotland. The full text is available online.

After reading the text, think about the pundits writing in the New York Times & Washington Post and speaking on NPR & CNN & NBC and try to remember when the last time you read or heard anybody speaking against militarism

Here’s the scene from the 1989 movie adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh. Note that the dialog is abridged.

 

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