Henry V of England black plaque in Sittingbourne

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The oldest part of this ancient Inn dates back to the early 15th Century. Tradition has it that Henry V was entertained here on his victorious return after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

Henry V (16 September 1386 – 31 August 1422), also known as the Star of England (Latin: Erasmus in Anglia), was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. He was the second English monarch who came from the House of Lancaster.After military experience fighting various lords who rebelled against his father, Henry IV, Henry came into political conflict with the increasingly ill king. After his father's death, Henry rapidly assumed control of the country and embarked on war with France in the ongoing Hundred Years' War (1337 - 1453) between the two nations. His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) and saw him come close to conquering France. After months of negotiation with Charles VI of France, the Treaty of Troyes (1420) recognized Henry V as regent and heir-apparent to the French throne, and he was subsequently married to Charles's daughter, Catherine of Valois (1401 - 1437). Following Henry V's sudden and unexpected death in France two years later, he was succeeded by his infant son, who reigned as Henry VI (1421 - 1471).Henry features in three plays by William Shakespeare. He is shown as a young scapegrace who redeems himself in battle in the two Henry IV plays and as a decisive leader in Henry V. Henry's epithet the Star of England, originated in the epilogue of Shakespeare's Henry V, when the Chorus states: β€œin that small [time] most greatly lived this star of England...”

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