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CHAPTER ONE The most serene prince, the king of England and France and lord of Ireland, Henry, the fifth after the Conquest, was crowned at Westminster on Passion Sunday, the ninth day of the month of April, in the year of Our Lord's Incarnation 1413. When, young in years<s1>s but old in experience, he began his reign, like the true elect of God savouring the things that are above,<s2>s he applied his mind with all devotion to encom- pass what could promote the honour of God, the extension of the Church, the deliverance of his country, and the peace and tranquillity of kingdoms, and especially (because they were more closely connected and associated) the peace and tran- quillity of the two kingdoms of England and France, which over a long and lamentable period of time have done injury to themselves by their internal conflicts, not without a great and grievous shedding of human blood. And while these most sacred meditations quite possessed the mind of the . . .