The tale of a fascinating and conflicted monarch: Harry who will become King Henry V=contemplative soul with compassion & mental agility beyond his yrs; to his dad Lord Bolingbroke, hes a weak link whose dangerous loyalty to the rebellious Welsh must be broken. As Harry reaches maturity, torn between his sensitivities & the uncompromising king he must become, Harry starts an odyssey rife with politicla agendas, sexual intrigue & military combat -- to become the accomplished king a volatile England urgently demands.
Reviews: Brilliant.Giardina artfully illuminates the dbl-edged sword of power & the momentous events that unfold in making a king. The unlikely romance (betw Henry & Merryn) set amid pol intrigue & royal family squabbles is satisfying & tear-jerkingGiardina skillfully makes psychological sense of the complex family dynamic wherein a false move could cost a life. NY Times Giardina, tapping the same vein Shakespeare found so rich, found the mother lode & out came more treasure. LA Times
A fun read for those who enjoy novels about history and court life. The story follow Harry, Prince of wales from childhood to adulthood.