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Battle of Agincourt Commemoration

Hi. I think by now you have guessed how little I have time to blog. But I suppose it would be a great mistake not to mention the 600th Commemoration of the legendary Battle of Agincourt. There's a whole website dedicated to it, if you want to know more about people's seriousness when it comes to this event.

Tho only reason why I remember the date, why I care about it, seeing that I am no Englishman nor Frenchman, is Shakespeare. I believe that I'm not the only person in the world who spends a slot in his memory for Julius Caesar's death-day and the Battle of Agincourt/Crispin Day just because Shakespeare mentioned them. So, let's get straight to Shakespeare and his half-deified King Henry V.

When I think of Agincourt, the first thing that comes to mind is the Crispin Day Speech. Naturally. It's hard to choose a favourite among all the actors that have played Henry V. As many other Shakespeare's characters and speeches, this can be highly personalised by anyone who tries it. The most sensational Henry V in recent years is The Hollow Crown series, with Tom Hiddleston playing the king. But I'll give you one that I like better: Jamie Parker from a production of Globe Theatre.


"And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered." Thanks to Shakespeare, we do remember it now, for various reasons. 

That's a short post today. Hope I'll be back soon with somewhat better article to read. Be happy and see you.

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