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Henry V and the tennis balls….?


The above image depicts Henry V receiving a box of tennis balls from the French Dauphin. Right. I know this was supposed to have happened – well, Shakespeare said so – but this doesn’t look like Henry V to me! It looks more like a Tudorised Richard III! Wearing Nora Batty’s wrinkled stockings.

More bah, humbug! A load of balls, in fact.

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7 thoughts on “Henry V and the tennis balls….?

  1. “That’s never Henry V, he never had that good a hairdo” was my first thought even before I got to your text.

    I see Alamy give no information on the source. The signature says Charles Folkard, and he illustrated The Children’s Shakespeare, so I would guess it’s from that.

    The English leopards on the hanging look less than impressed with the whole thing, too. But then they are cats.

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  2. viscountessw on said:

    Nothing wrong with cats! =^..^=

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  3. I had to think of Morticia Adams, lol.


  4. Pingback: Lancastrians unfairly condemn another King Richard (Part II)…. | murreyandblue

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