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Unformatted text preview: Some historians have been harsh in their appraisal of Henry's military engagements and successes. Henry was doubtless hungry for sheer personal glory in the field, and the only moderate successes of his armiescapturing small towns such as Tournai and, later, Boulognewould not seem to merit the blood spilt for them. In this regard, however, Henry was very much a man of his time: many kings fought wars for reasons of personal distinction; warfare was, for some, very much like a sport. Henry's eagerness to recapture the French lands once held by his Plantagenet ancestors made him very popular with his people, whose anti-French feeling was strong indeed. There were genuine reasons of state behind most of these engagements, aside from Henry's personal glory and that which he wished to bestow on his countrymen through victory. The early wars with the French were conducted, in part, as an effort to keep the victory....
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08