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Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws: Perspectives on the Law of War in the Later Middle Ages

Theodor Meron

Abstract

Shakespeare's Henry V has traditionally been acclaimed for its impressive depiction of the psychological and political impact of warfare, and it remains one of the most widely-discussed plays in the canon. This book uses rare medieval ordinances and other medieval and Renaissance historical and legal sources to provide challenging new contexts for Shakespeare's famous play. The result is a gripping account of how Henry V and other ‘Histories’ dramatically articulated complex medieval and Renaissance attitudes to warfare and the conduct of nations and individuals in time of war. The book uses t ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Henry V, warfare, ordinances, Renaissance, war, medieval laws, nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198258117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodor Meron, author
Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva