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No, I don't think Shakespeare's plays are copyrighted. But thanks for asking. Septimus.stevens (talk) 21:30, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
Did the real Henry V gave a speech like this?
I always wondered if the real Henry V gave a motivational speech before the battle or if he said something to his troops before the battle. I guess that the speech in the play of Shakespear is fictional, but before the battle, did the real Henry V said something inspiring/motivational to his men? ––– — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:16, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
I've wondered this myself. The Battle of Agincourt was amazing in many ways -- not least in that Henry V's amazing victory soon became irrelevant! ... Especially after the deeds of the peasant girl from Domremy village -- Joan of Arc. Septimus.stevens (talk) 13:19, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
Over on the Battle of Agincourt page, there's a paragraph that states: "Henry made a speech emphasising the justness of his cause, and reminding his army of previous great defeats the kings of England had inflicted on the French. The Burgundian sources have him concluding the speech by telling his men that the French had boasted that they would cut off two fingers from the right hand of every archer, so that he could never draw a longbow again." The cited reference is to "Barker, Juliet (2005). Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle (U.S. Title: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England.). London: Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-72648-1." PublicolaMinor (talk) 23:04, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Besides the text of the speech itself, this article really needs more content in the "Influence on Popular Culture" section at the end. The introduction mentions the speeches made in Braveheart and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but that aspect should be discussed more fully at the bottom of the page as well. I'm going to try to rearrange and expand it a bit, probably drawing on material from the Battle of Agincourt page, but I'd appreciate any help I get. PublicolaMinor (talk) 23:09, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
I believe the text should be removed. References to WIkiSource should be sufficient. --John (User:Jwy/talk) 03:02, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
I agree. Imho, it is not encyclopedic to reproduce excessively large quotations, whether copyright or not. @PublicolaMinor, the "influence" section is outrageously indulgent, raising allusions which are mostly of very little relevance to the subject (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, indeed!!) If required at all, the section should be headed "Cultural influence" and limited to serious and demonstrably relevant allusions, verified by citations. Bjenks (talk) 05:56, 30 October 2015 (UTC)