London: Heath, Cranton Ltd.. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. (viii), 152 pages; Clean and tight in original blue cloth binding in very good dustjacket with some edgewear and dust soiling. "Spenser to Raleigh, introducing the Faerie Queene, lays down that "the method of a poet historical is not that of an historiographer." Shakespeare made his Henry V, not of history; nor yet of legend. And this character, "great, original and just," -- as Doctor Johnson lays down -- suggests not only consistent character under changes of responsibility, but ideas of rights and wrongs in warring, and questions of nationality, of moral theology, and of religious submission. .. This book then considers the religion of pre-Reformation Europe in which Henry V moved and lived and had his being; and then the spirit of international Rome energising to the saving of society, even if moving at times under a weight of its own body's monstrous abuses and intolerable scandals; the action of spirit versus body, being well "observed" -- in senses old and new -- by a Henry V. . (Inventory #: 40257)
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