“Today is called the Feast of Crispian…”

Today is called the Feast of Crispian…

Some video versions … in order:

The 3rd c. martyrs Crispin and Crispinian were killed in Soissons.  They converted people as they plied their trade as cobblers and they were generous to the poor.  Eventually they were persecuted by the local governor and eventually beheaded around on 25 Oct 286 in the time of the Emperor Diocletian.  A different version has them in England, in Faversham, which is surely the version Shakespeare worked with.   St. Eligius made a reliquary for the head of Crispinian.

How could we go without some samples of the great speech?

Henry V (1944) directed by and starring Lawrence Olivier

Henry V (1989) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh

Richard Burton’s version:

Tom Hiddleston from the Hollow Crown series. US HERE UK HERE

Renaissance Man with Lillo Brancato, Jr.

Happy Feast of Sts. Crispin and Crispinian.

And let the revival of our liturgical worship continue.

The numbers of Holy Masses in the Extraordinary Form are growing, though but slowly.    Also, I fear that the number of bishops, priests and laity who accept what the Church teaches about marriage is shrinking.

For now content us saying “the fewer men, the greater share of honour”.

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10 Responses to “Today is called the Feast of Crispian…”

  1. John Grammaticus says:

    the Bard Vs Miller (the only American playwright I’ve studied)

    I enjoyed the Crucible but you can’t beat the 4 Henry’s

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Wow, thank you! I did not know the Burton version, or of the existence of Renaissance Man! (Poor Hiddleston et al. to be in such a grossly abridged Henry V – it is to weep, and/or to champ with ire! And if they wanted to follow Conan Doyle’s interesting historical stroke in The White Company of introducing a black man into 14-15th-c. England, they would have done well not to put us in risk mistaking the Duke of York for a sudden battlefield appearance of St. Maurice…)

  3. WYMiriam says:

    I have a nephew named Crispin, so today’s his feast day! Please, in your kindness, all, pray for him and his parents. May God bless you all abundantly for your charity.

  4. JabbaPapa says:

    The Hiddleston one makes sense within the narrative that the BBC created for the Hollow Crown, but yes, the speech is weaker when extracted from that particular context.

    Branagh’s still the one who really nailed it, though it was pleasant to see the Renaissance Man one again, I’d almost forgotten it.

  5. Mariana2 says:

    I notice Sir Lawrence Olivier doesn’t even need any music to be impressive.

  6. robtbrown says:

    As the date notes, Oliver’s Henry V was made during the war, on a shoestring budget. Simple (and cheap) sets, the genius of Shakespeare and the talent of Oliver carry the day.

    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

  7. John Grammaticus says:

    reflecting back , one of few things that I enjoy about modern adaptations in the past 5 years or so (the Hollow Crown, War and Peace etc) is that the directors are not afraid to put the Christian imagery e.g. the sign of the cross front and centre e.g. the adaptation of war and peace which aired earlier this year included the Dance of Issiah for Pierre and Helene’s wedding, a simple portrayal of Natasha Rostova’s conversion, Prince Andre’s deathbed repentance portrayed complete with a Priest administrating confession in the Orthodox manner and the Orthodox sign of the Cross.

    In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s this sort of thing would never have happened, surely this can only be a positive development.

  8. robtbrown says:

    Should be: Olivier

  9. albinus1 says:

    The speech given by the president (Bill Pullman) right before the climsctic battle with the aliens in the movie “Independence Day” was clearly inspired by the Crispin’s Day speech.

  10. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    Good William Walton music, too!