"Henry V" is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by "Richard II", "Henry IV", part 1 and "Henry IV", part 2. The plot follows the young prince (a reckless and undisciplined character in "Henry IV") as he matures into a man and embarks on an attempted conquest of France.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17th centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist. Series editor Stanley Wells. Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, and his books include Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays, Shakespeare: For All Time, Looking for Sex in Shakespeare, and (with Paul Edmondson) Shakespeare's Sonnets.