Saturday, October 25, 2008

I never actually knew what day St. Crispin's day was.

It's today. I always thought of October 25 as the anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade (as immortalized in verse by Tennyson). That co-incidence makes the following picture (graciously made available to me by the Internet) much funnier. Well, much funnier to me, anyway.

Edit: I forgot to dedicate this post to Tim, as the battle of Agincourt (1415) was a kingmaker.


w1ndst0rm said...


In all of your days as a thespian did you never see nor take part in Bill's Henry V? It's St. Crispin day seech is my favorite Shakespeare passage. (It is mimicked in Braveheart and ruined in LOTR:RotK.) Or did you just never dig into the history?

And for the record he already was the king. Made obvious by the amazing victory the good LORD gave him that day.


avk said...

I know the play, I just didn't know the date of St. Crispin's Day. I'm pretty sure there aren't any direct references to October 25.

I also knew he was king already, but the Monarchy was far from stable in the 15th century. His father came to the throne by rebellion, and his son is deposed by one. His coronation comes less than a decade (again, pretty sure) after he puts down the Lord Percy "Hotspur" rebellion. Still, a mere two or three years after being crowned his house in good enough order that he can piss off to the continent to try to fulfill Henry II's dream of placing the crowns of England and France on a single head. So, it is in the sense that the battle at Agincourt (as a synecdoche for the whole Normandy Campaign) represents a a height of autocracy in the English monarchy possibly not seen before since Richard I if not Henry II himself, and possibly not seen again until Henry VIII wins at Agincourt again that I refer to it as a "kingmaker."

Then again, the part of English history I'm really familiar with doesn't start until about 1560.

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