Nothing can make war otherwise than horrible.

Background.

A Child's History of England

itemNothing can make war otherwise than horrible” is a quotation taken from the Charles Dickens book A Child’s History of England. Chapter 21. England under Henry the Fifth: First Part.

item A Child’s History of England is a historical work by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in the periodical Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853.

 

Context.

item Taken from the following passage in Chapter 21 (England under Henry the Fifth) of A Child’s History of England:

War is a dreadful thing; and it is appalling to know how the English were obliged, next morning, to kill those prisoners mortally wounded, who yet writhed in agony upon the ground; how the dead upon the French side were stripped by their own countrymen and countrywomen, and afterwards buried in great pits; how the dead upon the English side were piled up in a great barn, and how their bodies and the barn were all burned together.  It is in such things, and in many more much too horrible to relate, that the real desolation and wickedness of war consist.  Nothing can make war otherwise than horrible.  But the dark side of it was little thought of and soon forgotten; and it cast no shade of trouble on the English people, except on those who had lost friends or relations in the fight.  They welcomed their King home with shouts of rejoicing, and plunged into the water to bear him ashore on their shoulders, and flocked out in crowds to welcome him in every town through which he passed, and hung rich carpets and tapestries out of the windows, and strewed the streets with flowers, and made the fountains run with wine, as the great field of Agincourt had run with blood.

 

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