The Saint Crispin’s Day Speech: Some Motivational Shakespeare

Today is the feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers who were martyred in the Diocletian persecution. Known in England as “Saint Crispin’s Day,” it is also the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, which marks a famous English victory in the Hundred Years’ War.

This liturgical-historical coincidence is memorialized in the famous Saint Crispin’s Day speech from William Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Here is that speech in the 1989 film version by Sir Kenneth Branagh:

And here is the same in a much older film version by Laurence Olivier: