By Susan Dwyer Amussen
Amussen's brilliant account of relations and village existence in England from the reign of Elizabeth I to the accession of the Hanoverian monarchies describes the family economic climate of the wealthy and the negative; the approaches of courtship, marriage, and marital breakdown; and the constitution of energy in the kin and in rural groups
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His brains spilled out on to the ground. Seeing this, a large man wearing a red hood stepped out from the shadows of the house opposite. ‘Put out the lights,’ he ordered, looking down. ‘He’s dead. Let’s go. ’ The men immediately followed him around the corner into the rue des Blancs-Manteaux. When they had gone Jacquette noticed another man on the ground beside the dead lord, one of the man’s valets. He too had been attacked. Dying, he crawled to his master’s corpse. ’ he called out before he too succumbed to his wounds.
Effigy of Thomas Fitzalan, earl of Arundel, and his wife, Beatrice, in Arundel Castle Chapel, English School, fourteenth century (His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle/Bridgeman Art Library). 11. Effigy of Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, in St Mary’s Church, Warwick (author’s collection). 12. Manuscript illumination of London, from ‘A volume of Poems of Charles d’Orléans and other works’ (British Library, Royal MS 16 F ii fol. ). 13. Westminster Hall (Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy).
He was a hero in his own lifetime. Following his early death in France in 1422, he was given a semi-legendary status. In the 1590s he was already established as an English national icon; Shakespeare simply took that icon and gave it an enduring value, even to less warlike generations, by putting his most patriotic speeches into Henry’s mouth. Shakespeare also gave Henry a more rounded, likeable personality: he gave him a cheeriness that the real Henry never had. When presented with the good looks and dramatic flair of Lawrence Olivier, in his film of Shakespeare’s Henry V, delivered in an appropriately patriotic style for English and American audiences during the Second World War, Henry became the archetypal English champion.
An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England by Susan Dwyer Amussen