Deeds of Darkness;
Deeds of Light
Donna Fletcher Crow
Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com
Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick. http://www.faysampson.co.uk
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2017
October 25 is the day the church remembers the brothers Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers who were martyred under Diocletian. The day has become more famous, however, as the day of the Battle of Agincourt because of the stirring speech Shakespeare has the young Henry V make to his troops on the even of battle.
In my book A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, book 4 The Monastery Murders, Felicity, in Oxford, goes to a coffee house where a local actor is reciting the speech.
From the far side of the octagonal room an actor strode forward clad in a red and blue Plantagenet surcoat. “I thank you, brave fellows all.” He bowed and swept the room with his arm. “We join in revels as others could have done on this very spot to celebrate the victory of brave Harry, for this very building in which you are enjoying your libations, was more than a century old when Harry so inspired his troops.” Felicity gazed around her with a frisson of wonder as King Henry strode through the room proclaiming:
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian…
All chatting, eating and drinking stopped as everyone was drawn into the moment:
And Crispin Crispian shall ne er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered;…
Felicity noticed several in the room mouthing the lines with Harry:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;…
And now Felicity joined in repeating the words in her head:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispins day.
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