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In the early 2000s, as a newly-qualified history teacher, I remember planning an elaborate lesson around historical interpretations. It involved using clips from two different film versions of Henry V; the 1944 technicolor extravaganza, starring Laurence Olivier, and the more sombre 1989 release with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. The idea was to compare and contrast how the two films dealt with the famous St Crispin’s Day speech and the subsequent battle scene. After analysing the differences in the tone and approach (from colour, music, composition and direction) we were going to explore why and how the same text could be subject to such wildly different interpretations. It was an ambitious plan, to be sure, but I was confident we’d not only get through it, but that Year 7 would emerge out of period 4 with a newfound appreciation for differing representations of the past.