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Written by Katharina
(8/21/2004 4:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A pity Henry V died when he did., penned by Mandy N
A peculiar sanctity enshrined the hero's son, and the glory of Agincourt played radiantly around his cradle. Nurses, teachers, and presently noble guardains, careflly chosen for the boy's education and welfare, were authorised ot use "reasonable chastisement" when reguired. But this was little needed, for the child had a mild, virtuous, honest, and merciful nature. His piety knew no bounds, as was, whith hunting and a taste for literature, the stay and comfort of his long, ignominious, and terrifying pilgrimagte. Through his father he inheridet the physical weakness of the house of Lancaster, and through his mother the mental infirmities of Charles VI. He was feeble alike in body and mind, unwise and unstable in his judgements, profuse beyond his means to his friends, uncalculating against his enemies, so tender-hearted that it was even said he would let common thieves and murderers live, yet forced to bear the load of innumerable political executions. Flung about like a shuttlecock between the rival factions; presiding as a helpless puppet over th progressive decay of English society and power; hovering bewildered on the skirts of great battles; three times taken prisoner on the field; now paraded with all kingly pomp before Parliaments, armies, and crowds, now led in mockery through the streets, now a captive, now a homeless fugitive, hiding, hunted, hungry; afflicted from time to time by phases of total or partial idiocy, he endured in the fullest measure for nearly fifty yearst the extreme miseries of human existence, until the hand of murder dispatched him to a world wich he was sure would be better, and could hardly have been worse than that he had known. Yet with all his shame of failure and incompetence, and the disasters these helped to bring upon his country, the English people recognised his goodness of heart and rightly ascribed to him the quality of holiness. They never lost their love for him; an in many parts of the country wherever the house of Lancaster was stubbornly defended he was venerated both as saint and martyr.
(W. Churchill, A History of the English-Speakig Peoples, vol. 1, chapter IV)
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