The Prince’s Shadow: a shipping manifesto
with thanks to angevin2 for her help with Elizabethan innuendo
More specifically, The Hollow Crown (2012).
Prince Hal, aka Harry, is Prince of Wales and heir to the throne. Once his dad kicks it, he becomes King Henry V (and sometimes Harry le Roy). Dude has names out the wazoo. On the surface, he is a medieval frat boy who spends all his time boozing and whoring it up in common taverns with people far below his station and is generally a huge embarrassment to his dad, King Henry IV. In reality, as his very first soliloquy reveals, all this partying is just an act so that everyone will be even more impressed when he becomes king and casts his partyboy past aside to be super competent. He’s gonna be a legend, damnit, and he’s got the whole story already planned out.
Edward Poins, aka Ned and often just Poins, is the second son of a random nobleman, which means while he’s technically aristocracy, he will inherit no land or titles. Traditionally, second sons go into the church or the military to make their way in the world. Poins has decided to screw tradition and settled on petty thievery for a career. Like Hal, he spends a lot of time at Mistress Quickly’s tavern (The Boar’s Head). In The Hollow Crown specifically, he’s very quick to answer insult with violence and hates Falstaff’s guts.
This being Shakespeare, there are of course alternate character interpretations buzzing around. Feel free to pick one at your own discretion.
TOGETHER, THEY DO CRIME
No, seriously, they do crime.
(Snuggling in Snuggies gifs courtesy of matafari)
Among other things.Like each other.
So, this is the best thing.
Oh my god, “the Universal Gaze of Already Tapping That”, that is brilliant. Also “If you enjoy tragedy, climb aboard the HMS Hal/Poins, because this is the ship for you.”. Yes.
(also, re: fic, I feel I should point out that if anyone’s interested, I have a Henry IV modern AU that I wrote a few months ago, it’s about 39k and is both plays, but is Hal/Poins, of course [and is what I made this photoset about]. I wasn’t going to post it because, well, it’s long and the shippers are few, but if anyone’s interested, I could post it, or just the first chapter so people could see what they think?)
fuck yes post that fic please