The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II, Henry IV,
Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. The original audiences would thus have already been
familiar with the title character, who was depicted in the Henry IV plays as a
wild, undisciplined lad known as "Prince Harry" and by Falstaff as "Hal". In
Henry V, the young prince has become a mature man and embarks on a successful
conquest of France.