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As a history play, Henry V draws considerably on events prior to it, as well as the fact that the outcome is known ahead of time. For Shakespeare's audience, who could draw on their own knowledge of history as well as the previous three plays by Shakespeare, this made the play more interesting. However, this interconnectedness of the four plays is often difficult for a modern audience to understand. When I fist read this, I didn't know the history. I recall loving it and I still do. Henry the V as a king of the people fighting a worthy battle against all odds, what's not to like?