Today’s historical person is King Henry the Fifth of England.
Portrait of King Henry V of England.
Series Name: The Legendary Women of World History
Character name: King Henry V of England
Parents names: King Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke) and Welsh noblewoman Mary de Bohun
Date of Birth: 16th September 1386.
Place of Birth: Monmouth Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Reigned: 9th April 1413 to 31st August 1422.
Died: 31st August 1422 while on campaign near Paris, France.
Book appearing in: Catherine de Valois
Profile: Immortalized in Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V,” the real king was an ardent warrior who spent much of his reign trying to conquer France. After making outrageous demands, he used Princess Catherine as his excuse for renewing the Hundred Years War. At home, Henry made English the official government language in England for the first time since the Norman Conquest.
Ideal actor to play in a film adaptation: Dr. Who alumnus Christopher Eccleston has an unsurpassed stage presence that worthy of the legendary king of England.
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