Henry V: the cruel king

Few English monarchs enjoy a loftier reputation than the 'hero' of Agincourt. Yet, says Ian Mortimer, the real Henry V was a cold, aloof man, prone to acts of breathtaking cruelty and arrogance

Portrait of King Henry V of England (1387-1422), dated 15th century. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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