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Thus it is established that the Archbishop and the King have met and agreed to a plan in which the Church will provide funds for the war in exchange for Henry's help in staving off disendowment.
In view of the court, Henry will feign nonchalance, then mild hesitation at the Archbishop's authorizing of his French claims in the wake of their earlier agreement about the disendowment bill: the court will then rouse him to take actions he has already clearly planned.
What is notable initially is that the Henry of Holinshed and Hall is far less aggressive than that of Shakespeare, a difference that can be seen from the outset of Henry V in Shakespeare's handling of the disendowment issue.
Canterbury remarks that the current worrisome disendowment bill is a repetition of an earlier bill--a reference to the famous disendowment bill of 1410 that detailed the benefits to secular authorities of confiscating the Church's temporal holdings.
But as the final movement of the complex work of the Henriad, the Holinshed/Hall versions of the disendowment issue would not do; the playwright had already constructed a character whose plotting nature was apparent early on.
But Shakespeare's sleight of hand in positioning Henry vis-a-vis the disendowment issue in 1414 raises other questions about the Henriad's relationship to the chronicle materials.
As it happens, the presentation of the petition for disendowment from the Commons in 1410 came at a time of more general instability.
Thus what Shakespeare chose to incorporate in Henry V, such as the references to the disendowment issue and possible allusions to the Badby episode, are highly suggestive in understanding the characterological development of the king.
In Holinshed, the account of the execution in 1410 of John Badby, a Worcestershire tailor, directly follows the mention of the disendowment bill.
Badby's execution also came on the heels of the failure of the Commons' petition for disendowment (which Henry may have implicitly supported, or at least allowed to be set before Parliament).
In Holinshed the account for the year 1410 begins with the disendowment bill, including Henry IV's dislike of it and his affirmation of the Church's prerogative to apprehend and punish Lollards (the Commons had asked that the king's writ be the enforcement mechanism).