- Mar 2016
Henry V was an extremely pious man, and was indeed receptive to ideas of crusade, but even to him nothing was more important than victory against the French, and the Herculean task of asserting his rule across the country would have likely consumed all of his life, even had he not died so young in 1422. It's also unlikely that even if he had gone on crusade much could have been achieved. He was a great commander and his soldiers generally very good, but England's manpower was quite small compared even to France, let alone the enormous army sizes the Ottomans could muster. Over a thousand kilometres away in foreign territory, he would have a lot of trouble reinforcing any losses (he had similar problems even just across the Channel in Normandy), while the Ottomans by comparison could reinforce much more easily.Well, maybe if English King Henry V sends his forces there instead of to France. Of course, that would require him to have Crusading fever that would overpower his claims to the French throne.