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Henry IV for St. George's Day

Yesterday was St. George’s Day, of course, so we followed our usual family tradition of a wonderful mutton dinner followed by watching the film adaptation of a Shakespeare play, in honor of Shakespeare having been born on St. George’s Day. This year, Susan chose “Henry IV Part 1” (the 1979 BBC version with Jon Finch), though we had to reassure the kids that we weren’t skipping the first three Henry plays and that Henry IV really was the first one. When Sir William Lucy described the honors and titles given to the heroic Lord Talbot in the Hundred Years’ War, one of the titles was “knight of the noble order of St. George,” quite an appropriate coincidence for the day.

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