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The newly crowned Henry V emerges, from the chaos of the previous reign of his father, as unchallenged king. He has distanced himself from his past misdemeanours in the company of Falstaff, who dies early on in the play.
The conquest of France becomes his main focus, and at the heart of this is the battle of Agincourt. This great victory sets him apart as a model of the finest qualities of kingship, not only in terms of courage and leadership on the battlefield but in the empathy, humility and fellowship he displays amongst his men.
In Shakespeare's historical cycle, starting from Richard II, we have moved from the worst and weakest display of kingship to the finest example of strength, valour and love of England.