Henry V Act III, Scene 5 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 5 Summary and Analysis

Elsewhere in the palace, the French king and his advisors discuss, amid some embarrassment, Henry’s victory at Harfleur and debate the relative strength of the two warring armies. Charles orders the mobilization of his forces, with which he intends to cut off the English retreat to Calais.

Because it seems clear that the English are not only fatigued and falling ill but are also hopelessly out-numbered, the French king also decides to offer Henry a way out. He sends a herald to demand a ransom, promising in return to spare his army from annihilation.

This short scene tells us something more about the temperament of the French king. Unlike his frivolous son and...

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