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Agincourt -- 1415

Henry V became a hero by defeating the French at Agincourt in 1415. It was a battle memorialized in Shakespeare's play "Henry V" -- with several stirring speeches ("we band of…

From  Ann Nikolai on May 21st, 2020 0 likes 17 plays 0  

Richard II: Chaucer & Emerging Englishness (1377-1400)

In the last decades of the 14th century, during the reign of Richard II, military, political and literary shifts contributed to a rising sense of what it meant to be English -- and just how secure…

From  Ann Nikolai on May 4th, 2020 0 likes 25 plays 0  

Edward II (1307-1327)

Edward II was the first English king deposed after the Norman Conquest. Standard history says he was then murdered. But was he?

From  Ann Nikolai on April 27th, 2020 0 likes 35 plays 0  

The Barons' Wars (1215-1266)

Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215, did not settle the disputes between the monarch and his barons. John's son, Henry III, reigned for more than 50 turbulent years in which the barons…

From  Ann Nikolai on April 23rd, 2020 0 likes 22 plays 0