A Brief Biography Of Heny V

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When deciding the qualities that make kings great, one thinks of a king who cares about his people. A king that is charming but humble; strong and determined; powerful and wise. Those characteristics are those of one English king, Henry V. He was king of England from 1413 to 1422, and he died at the age of thirty-five because of Dysentery. Nonetheless, Henry V was the greatest king of the European monarchies because he was fair and successful. Even though being known as a religious persecutor, Henry V was the best king in all of European history because he was a soldier king, he was very successful during his rule, and he had a strong leadership.
One of the various things that made King Henry V a great king was that he was a soldier king and was not afraid to fight for his kingdom. One example of this was the Battle of Agincourt. This war started on October 25, 1415 and lasted one day. To rescue England’s reputation along with his own lost during the Hundred Year War, Henry rides off alongside twelve thousand English soldiers to France. Things start to go wrong after arriving at France for this beloved king. First, half of the King’s men die of dysentery before they arrive anywhere close to Agincourt and so the wise king decided that he and his men had to retreat. Sadly, the brave English were ambushed by French forces and the English were greatly outnumbered, but the soldier king, Henry V, was intelligent. As French forces attacked, the English bombarded them with arrows. By the end of the day, six thousand French deaths greatly outnumbered the four hundred deaths that of the English (“Henry V,” History.com). “After the English soldiers took too many French captives, Henry broke the law and ordered their execution to all without a trial” (History.com Staff, “Henry V”). After winning the day long Battle of Agincourt, England attacked several times, including a six month siege winning over Harfleur, Normandy and Rouen. The presence of English in these areas caused much civil unrest and the king of France, Charles VI, wanted peace, creating the Treaty of Troyes. The treaty stated that as soon as Charles VI died, Henry V and his family lineage would rule France and that Henry V would finally be married to the lovely Lady Catherine [King Charles’ daughter]. The whole reason why Henry V lived through all of this was because he was witty and strategic, like any soldier and king should be. This makes a king great by showing that this king can take care of his people and himself as well. This whole ordeal is part of why Henry V was such a good king: he used much more than strength to control his kingdom.
In addition, Henry V was very successful: a quality that’s quite important as a ruler of a kingdom. He is most well-known by his personality. He was quite a determined leader that encouraged his people. “[…] remembered as a cold and ruthless soldier; respected as a chivalric leader” (“King Henry V {1413-1422}, Royals Family History). Henry was very...

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