The Deeds of Henry V, Narrated by Samuel West

The Deeds of Henry V

History is brought to life with our series of video portraits of characters that tell their take on events as they happened 600 years ago. We are guided through time by the mystery writer of Gesta Henrici Quinti, The Chronicler of the deeds of Henry V. Each month will see new episodes appear on the website with The Chronicler adding further accounts from the past.

The voice of the chronicler is performed by Samuel West (Notting Hill, Howards End and BBC One’s – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).

The Battle of Agincourt Narrated by Samuel West

The Battle of Agincourt

Samuel West narrates a gripping account of the events that took place during the day of the Battle of Agincourt and how a small army lead by Henry V confronted the much larger military might of the French.

The Battle of Agincourt

by Samuel West | The Road to Agincourt

The Road to Agincourt

Experience the events that led to the Southampton Plot to overthrow Henry V, and the King’s subsequent campaign across the Channel to France.

Latest episode

In the rain, our archer prepares himself for the battle

He hears the French in the dark. They are so close and he can hear their camp while he sits shivering in the rain.

The archer prepares for battle…

Watch the entire Web series below. There are currently 27 Episodes with accompanying ‘Voices from the Past’ videos.

Episode 1: The Chronicler introduces the story of The Deeds of King Henry The V and the events that led up to the Battle of Agincourt.

1.1 England is on alert – gunners and archers at the ready…

1.3 The Merchant’s Wife is suspicious of the new town steward…

1.2 The King needs ships…

Episode 2: The negotiations with France…

2.1 Merchants ships are commandeered…

Episode 3: The King summons the fleet…

3.1 Townsfolk are ordered to provide provisions for the army…

3.2 Nobles are billeted about the town…

3.3 Ships are flooding into the port of Southampton…

3.4 Merchants are losing crews as well as ships…

3.5 There’s money to be made from the billeted soldiers…

3.6 How many local men will be called to war..?

3.7 Protecting the home fronts…

3.8 Suspicious activity at the Friary…

3.9 The King is in Southampton…

3.10 What troubles the Lord of March..?

3.11 Archers have been billeted on Southampton Common…

3.12 Secret meetings…

3.13 The best of the best…

3.14 Troubled consciences…

3.15 The lovers left behind.

Episode 4: The King is given devastating news…

4.1 Treason!

4.2 A town under suspicion…

Episode 5: The Plot against King Henry has been revealed…

Episode 6: Swift justice is delivered…

 

6.1 Searching for enemies…

Episode 7: The Plotters’ execution

7.1 Unrequited Love…

Episode 8: Cambridge and Grey are beheaded…

8.1 Death to the plotters…

8.2 A lesson in the importance of loyalty…

8.3 The execution…

8.4 A traitor’s death…

8.5 The ale wife & baker’s wife argue over Mary…

8.6 The army gathers to sail…

Episode 9: The King presses on with his campaign…

9.1 The Townspeople reflect…

9.2 A Mother’s sorrow…

9.3 A band of brothers…

Episode 10: The King’s ships set sail for France…

10.1 At Hamtun pier…

10.2 Dreams of the future…

10.3 Road to glory…

Episode 11: The King is ready to lay siege to Harfleur…

Episode 14: The King orders mines dug…

Episode 12: The King offers peace to Harfleur…

Episode 13: Harfleur readies its defences…

Episode 15: The enemy taunts the English army…

15.1 The smell of war…

15.2 Harfleur to surrender…

Episode 16: The King’s army grows smaller…

16.1 The standard of St. George flies in France…

Episode 17: The King reflects upon the victory…

17.1 The gunner receives a letter from his mother…

Episode 18: The town of Arques negotiates terms…

Episode 19: Henry’s army arrives at Abbeville…

Episode 20 :  Food is running out for Henry’s army…

Episode 21: Thieves are not tolerated by King Henry…

21.1 The French are in pursuit of Henry’s army…

Episode 22: Henry orders his army to prepare for attack…

Episode 23: Henry reaches Nesle…

Episode 23: Henry’s army must cross the River Somme…

Episode 25: across at last…

25.1 The archer recounts the harrowing crossing…

Episode 26: King Henry marches on…