"Yet all shall be forgot…."

And I nearly forgot (a) that it’s the 596th anniversary of Agincourt, and (b) that three of my friends have book launches today! Huzzah for Tasha Alexander’s A Crimson Warning, Kristan Higgins’ Until There Was You, and Cara Elliott’s Too Wicked to Wed.

Gentlemen in England now abed shall call themselves accurs’d that they went not to the bookstore on St. Crispin’s Day.

Since I’m pretty sure that just sent Shakespeare rolling, here’s a little bit of Harry-by-Olivier to make up for it.

Or for those of you who prefer Branagh….

Happy Launch Day, Tasha, Kristan and Cara! Cry God for Harry, England, St. George and new books….


  1. HJ on October 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Was surprised to see that Tasha Alexander’s new book is out today so went off to check – it’s not out in the UK until 12th December!! Why? I never understand the different dates for US and UK releases…

  2. Lauren on October 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I know! It’s so infuriating.

  3. SusanN on October 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Don’t want to rub it in, HJ, but I was excited to see it pop up on my Kindle in the early hours of the morning. I haven’t started it yet, tho.

    I loved the Henry V clips. I want to re-watch both now. Not sure which version I like better–both excellent. And I didn’t realize we are almost at the 600th anniversary! I’ll have to pull out some of my history books for a re-read over the next couple of years in commemoration.

  4. Vicki on October 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I love this speech, but you should look for the audio of Richard Burton performing it, his voice is to die for! Sigh! Would that I could find video as well, but the voice is really enough.

  5. anieva on October 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I remember loving the Branagh version when I saw the movie! And, the music really helped. So gorgeous, swelling, moving.

  6. Virginia on October 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I think my absolute favorite clip of the Henry V speech is the one done in the movie Renaissance Man. One of Danny Devito’s Privates recites the speech to his drill Sargent and for the first time seems to earn the respect of said drill Sargent. Makes me tear up every single time.

  7. Sheila on October 26, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Bernard Cornwell, creator of the very heroic Richard Sharpe, has a somewhat different-from-Shakespeare take on this battle in his wonderful book Azincourt. Thoroughly researched and highly readable, as are all of his books.

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