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In what part of Henry V did the king say, "I am the scourge of God sent to punish the...

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newboynm | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 23, 2009 at 3:39 AM via web

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In what part of Henry V did the king say, "I am the scourge of God sent to punish the people for their sins"? I cannot find this!

Researching the "two" Henry V, one present in history and the other fabricated (?) by Shakespeare.

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 23, 2009 at 9:11 PM (Answer #1)

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That's not a quote from Shakespeare's Henry V, but a quote from the real Henry V. He said he was “the scourge of God sent to punish God’s people for their sins.”  Or at least, that's what he's reported as saying: it's very difficult, with historical sources, to know what was what. Particularly, as, of course, history is written by the victors - and the Lancastrian / Yorkist conflict (Henry VI / Edward IV / Henry VI / Edward IV / Richard III) which follows Henry's reign means that nothing is particularly reliable.

But that's where the quote's from, anyway.

Hope it helps!

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