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KING HENRY the Fifth.
brothers to the King.
JAMY, officers in King Henry's army.
ISABEL, Queen of France.
now married to Pistol.
Lords, Ladies, Officers, Soldiers, Citizens, Messengers,
SCENE : England; afterwards France.
DURATION OF TIME Dramatic Time. — Ten days with intervals (P. A. Daniel, 'Time Analysis,' Trans. N. Sh. Soc., 1877-79, p. 290 f.).
Day 1. I. 1., 2. Interval.
2. II. 1. Interval.
Interval. IV. 1..8. Interval.
6. III. 5.
8. III. 7.
Historic Time.-From 1414, the year after Henry's accession, to May 20, 1420, the date of his betrothal. Of this, five years (1415-20) pass between days 8 and 10.
1 Daniel assigns this scene (the princess's English lesson) to the time between the French king's offer of her hand to Henry and his rejection of it,both referred to in the Chorus
to Act III.
? This appears to be on the morrow of St. David's Day, i.e, March 2; hence after the battle, and before the betrothal (v. 2.).
The earliest edition of Henry V. was printed in Quarto Early
Editions. in 1600, with the following title
The | Cronicle | History of Henry the fift, I with his battell fought at Agin Court in France. Togither with Auntient Pistoll. As it hath bene
1 sundry times playd by the Right Honorable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. | LONDON. | Printed by Thomas Creede, for Tho. Milling-ton, and John Busby. . . . 1600.'
Other editions of this Quarto (printed for Thomas Pavier instead of for Millington) appeared in 1602 and 1608.
All these texts, however, differed widely from that published by Shakespeare's executors in the Folio of 1623, and their relation to it was for long a burning question, as in the analogous cases of Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives, Henry VI., and Hamlet. But the problem is here a relatively simple one, and scholars are now almost unanimous in holding the Folio text to represent substantially Shakespeare's MS., and the Quarto to be a surreptitious version of the acting edition, 'hastily made up from notes taken at the theatre during the performance and subsequently patched together. The variations in the Quarto are all, with the trifling exceptions noticed below, easily explicable from one of these two sources of corruption