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|It was the Feast Day of St. Crispian
Written by Mandy N
(8/21/2004 12:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A quick Google..., penned by Cheryl
'This day is called the feast of St Crispian:
A quick google shows Crispian was a Roman noble and missionary c.286 AD who was tortured and beheaded.
Further in Shakespeare's speech for Henry V:
'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
*Henry V promised to make commoners who survived the battle members of the gentry.
I wonder if that's why Shakespeare (or Henry V) used St. Crispian for special appeal, to put heart back into the commoner English soldiers?
In the early C19th, France and England were on uneasy terms. JA knew her navy brothers could see battle action. Perhaps this is why she comments on 'the famous Battle of Agincourt'.
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