Shrewsbury Revisited

Tomorrow, July 21st, is the 609th anniversary of the Battle of Shrewsbury. In honor of the battle, and in keeping with the Henriad themes I have going while The Hollow Crown airs, here is a discussion of the actual historical record of Shrewsbury and the level of factual accuracy and inclusion Shakespeare was (and wasn’t) able to bring to “Henry IV Part I”, the play in which the battle is featured.

Here is an informative, concise description of the historical record of the battle, I particularly recommend the “related document” on this page: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/listing/battlefields/battle-of-shrewsbury

And here is my Memorial Day special about Shakespeare’s Shrewsbury: https://theshakespeareminute.org/2012/05/27/shakespeares-greatest-battle/

Shakespeare’s Greatest Battle

In honor of Memorial Day, here is my look through the dark, intense, passionate world of Shakespeare’s battlefields, as depicted in what I consider to be the absolute best Shakespearean battle. Clips from the 1979 BBC “Henry IV Part I”.