Henry V: the caring king
Fretting about the dispossessed and trying to save heretics from the flames aren't acts often associated with one of England's great military heroes. But Henry V did a lot more than put hapless Frenchmen to the sword on the battlefield. As Malcolm Vale reveals, the hero of Agincourt was also a sovereign with a softer side...
Henry was genuinely worried about the plight of the poor
Henry V was an exceptionally hard-working king. He spent as much, if not more, of his time dealing with the burdensome affairs of church and state as he did on military matters. Henry’s direct intervention in the business of ruling, his speaking voice, and his decisive – often abrupt – manner are spelt out in the surviving documents. Some of these are endorsed with his signature, or ‘sign manual’, in the form ‘RH’ (Rex Henricus or Roy Henry).