14 July 2008

Non Nobis: Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V

Non nobis, Domine, non nobis
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.

(Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory.)

This is a GOOD MOVIE. And the placement of the "Non Nobis" is very thought-provoking; it's right after a gory battle in which not only soldiers die, but also children who ought to have been protected by the laws of war. Can Henry truly claim God's stamp of approval on his victory, or has he been fueled more by a desire for his own glory than for the things of God? Was the "honor" the men supposedly won worth the destruction which accompanied it? They seem to think so.

I can't answer these questions. War is beyond me. Maybe some day it will make more sense, but right now, I can't judge one way or another.

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