Can somebody tell me where G.P.V originally made his quotation about why Shakespeare didn't show the real Henry?  

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"If Shakespeare had presented the real Henry with all his aspects, including his limitations, his occasional craftiness and slightly nauseating sanctimony, he might have provoked the most notable riot in the history of the Elizabethan theatre."  Here's the quote - see enotes, et al - but the source proves highly elusive so far.

You'll have to do a bit of a search for this. G.P.V.Akrigg, Jacobean Pageant, Cambridge Harvard 1962 looks most likely, but it could have been a journal article, Henry V: the epic hero as dramatic protagonist, ? 1969, ? Columbia.

Let me know? Sorry not to be more help.


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