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In Henry V, why did Henry disguise himself as a soldier the night before the battle at Agincourt?

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If we examine the text carefully in Act IV scene 1, we can see that actually, although Henry borrows the cloak from Erpingham, it is Pistol who comes across Henry rather than the other way round. Henry, at the beginning of this scene dismisses his nobles who wait upon him with the following words:

I and my bosom must debate awhile,

And then I would no other company.

Clearly his request to borrow Erpingham's cloak and therefore his intention of disguising himself as just a normal soldier the night before a...

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