The Legendary Life Of King Henry V: One Of England’s Greatest Warrior Kings

Although Henry V only reigned as the King of England from 1413 until 1422, he made a lasting impact that changed England forever. Regarded as one of England’s most notable warrior kings, Henry V saw much military success during the Hundred Years’ War against the French, winning a decisive victory at Agincourt that established England as one of the strongest military powers in all of Europe. While he has been immortalized in Shakespeare’s play Henry V, there’s much more to his life than is often discussed. Discover who Henry V really was, and what made him such an important figure in English history.

The Date Of His Birth Is Uncertain

Picture from the book Short History Of The English People
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While scholars agree that Henry V was born in the tower above the gatehouse of Monmouth Castle in Wales, there is no record of his birth. The year he was born is considered to be uncertain, with some claiming his birthday was August 9, 1387, and others September 16, 1386.

The latter date was derived from a horoscope commissioned by Henry V before he set off on his Agincourt campaign, although the astrologer was later discovered to have been drawn by a French spy, possibly as a means of meeting with the king. Upon this revelation, it is said the king disregarded the horoscope.