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The vitality of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays has ensured its endurance for more than four centuries. Brilliant in the way it relates high life to low life - against Henry V's stirring "Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!" echoes Falstaff's "Give me life, say I" - it is rich in its characterisation, memorable in its rhetoric, crafty in its plotting. Cedric Watts, who has been lecturing on Shakespeare for 40 years, argues that this is not simply a sequence of wonderfully dramatic, entertaining plays; it is part of England s cultural identity, and continues, even now, to contribute to the shaping of that identity.